By March, I had started bell peppers, artichokes, kale, Swiss chard & cucumbers.
By April, I had this :
It was fun to start my vegetables from seeds, watch them grow, water daily, watch them grow, transplant them, watch them grow & finally harvest them. When you think about how long the cycle of a tomato is from the time you drop a tiny seen into potting soil to the time you actually get a juicy red tomato to eat, it's no wonder why people buy their tomatoes from the grocery store & don't mess with gardening. I, personally, wish every tomato I ate came from my garden & I never had to buy them from the store. It's worth the wait & there's something so incredible about eating fruit from a seed you planted 6 months prior.
Moving right along, this is what I had by the middle of May on the day I planted everything into the ground.
By the time I got my vegetable plants into the ground it seemed as though I had a lot of extra space & could have planted so much more.
But then, rain & sun happened.
My tomato plants were staked in early June.
By the end of July, vines were growing clear out of the garden beds.
And this is what I was able to harvest :
garlic in mid-July
heirloom tomatoes that were ginormous & bright orange
Then, a few butternut squash
Endless green beans
A couple more tomatoes
A watermelon that didn't make it :(
Tons of basil
And Yukon gold potatoes (the slugs only got a couple this year).
When it got cold a couple weeks ago I picked the green tomatoes off & tore down my plants. Now, I'm slowly letting the tomatoes ripen in the house until they meet their canned fate.
So far, I've been able to can 17 pint jars of tomatoes. These are going to taste so delicious come January.
It was a good summer!