First garden veggies pickedEven if you’re not a gardener, you can probably imagine how I was smiling as I picked my first garden produce of the year, radishes and one 8-Ball zucchini! Keep reading to see what other veggies are showing up in the garden this week.

I haven’t spotted any baby green beans, but the beans are up and looking healthy. These are bush beans, which I find are much easier to keep picked.

The kale is coming up pretty well. I love Red Russian Kale, but this year I planted Tuscan Kale, so I can make Roasted Kale Chips!

The swiss chard is also looking healthy, and I’m going to trim some of the biggest leaves in about a week.

My collards are also growing well, but something is nibbling on them, and I’m thinking I need to mix up some soapy water and give them a spray. Any other ideas that don’t involve pesticides?

I haven’t had super good luck growing bell peppers, but this year I moved them next to my neighbors garage where there is a drip watering system, and the plants have quite a few baby peppers, so maybe they like it there!

All my squash plants have lots of baby squashes. This is yellow straightneck squash, something I grow every year.

The spaghetti squash is also loaded with little squashes. The other end of the bed where this is planted has a “mystery squash” plant (it was labeled as a cucumber, but I can tell it’s some type of squash.)

This is the Flying Saucer Squash which I’m growing for the first time this year. They look a lot like Pattypan Squash, so I’m curious to see if there is a difference.

And the sight that makes every gardener’s heart skip a beat; there’s a nearly-ripe Brandywine tomato peeking out. My brother-in-law Clayton is a great gardener, and he gave me this plant, which he raised in his greenhouse. It has 12 tomatoes on it, more than any of my other plants. (Thanks Clayton!)

Just for Nate, here is how the heirloom tomatoes I planted from seeds are progressing. Nate sent me three kinds of heirloom seeds. It snowed on the tiny plants, but three tomatoes have survived and are doing well.

Finally, this is a super-closeup photo, but I also have some baby Roma Tomatoes on my plants, which means slow roasted tomatoes in my future!

Garden Updates:
You can see my garden updates from other years in the sidebar of the blog, or use the label 2010 Garden Updates to see the other updates from this year.

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