I believe there are lessons everywhere you turn in life, and right now perhaps my garden is trying to teach me that the cycle of life continues no matter what, because the garden is thriving, even though I’ve been doing a lot of house organizing and cleaning and not much gardening. Not only that, the weather in Utah has been rainy for days on end, but the plants seem to be loving it. Above are my first tomatoes of the year, baby Celebrity tomatoes about as big as a small grape. They aren’t heirlooms, but year after year Celebrity has been a good producing tomato for me.
I also have tiny little spaghetti squash, which I’m growing inside a tomato cage in one of my raised beds this year. I love to grow spaghetti squash so I can pick them when they’re still green and cook the spaghetti squash like a summer squash. If you have spaghetti squash growing, give this a try; everyone in my family loves it cooked this way.
No sign of any zucchini yet, but the yellow straightneck squash is starting to produce some squash like the one you see peeking out in this photo.
This is my first time growing red cabbage, which I started from baby plants I got at the garden center. I love cabbage, so I figure how can home-grown cabbage not be a complete winner?
These are the methi plants, from the seeds Padma sent me last fall. Methi is the Indian name for the plant that produces the seeds called fenugreek when they’re used as a spice. I haven’t cooked the leaves before, but I’m looking forward to trying them, and I’ve bookmarked a few recipes I’ve seen on other blogs.
My beans are growing like crazy. These are a type of bush bean that supposedly is easy to pick because the beans grow at the top of the plant. Another experiment, so we’ll see how they do. I haven’t had good luck keeping up on the picking with vine-type green beans, so I’m hoping these will work out.
The basil I planted from seed is thriving, and I finally found enough time to divide and thin the plants. I have such a hard time pulling out healthy basil plants, so some of these clumps might need to be thinned again, but at least I have them spaced out a lot more so the plants can grow.
And finally, I was lamenting the fact that my dill didn’t seem to sprout, so I broke down and bought four dill plants. Of course you know what happened next, and if you look closely you can see some tiny little dill plants in this photo, so I should have plenty of dill this summer. The plant in the front is a gorgeous golden oregano which has been coming back for three winters now.
If you’re growing a garden at your house, I’d love to hear in the comments about what baby veggies and herbs are starting to appear.
This is the fourth garden update for 2009. You can see all the updates in order by clicking the label 2009 Garden Updates
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