Baby tomatoI’ve been ignoring the garden for more than a week now while I’ve been busy attending my nieces wedding, lunching with food bloggers in San Diego, and having an early Father’s Day dinner while Rand was in town. Luckily my garden seem to be thriving without me. This photo shows the first tomato of the year, barely resting on the metal cage. I’m always excited by the first tomato, and when I went out to take photos late yesterday, I found a lot of other baby veggies starting to appear.

Last night I had a salad with perfect baby leaves of arugula, spinach, and romaine lettuce, simply dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was just delicious! My bed of greens has a few empty spots, so I planted more seeds last night.

Immediately after I saw this photo I went out to the garden and snipped off the weathered leaves at the bottom of this eggplant plant, but I’m happy to see new darker green leaves are emerging and the plant seems healthy.

I have both sweet bell peppers and poblano peppers, and this is a tiny pepper emerging on one of the bell pepper plants.

A few years ago I discovered the round type of zucchini that’s called 8-Ball Squash, and I love to use those to make Grilled Zucchini. This plant has two small squashes, which should be ready to eat in about a week.

It’s pale, but if you look on the left side of the photo there’s also a tiny little baby zucchini appearing on my other plant. This year I managed to restrain myself and only planted three types of summer squash.

There are also a few flowers around here, and they’re starting to bloom. This is Blanket Flower, a low-water perennial that grows well in Utah. Sometime in the next week I’m hoping to get the garden thoroughly weeded so I can finally get mulch around the beds and plants, so I’ve got a lot of work to do. What’s growing in the garden where you live?

You can see all the progress of this year’s garden by clicking the label 2008 Garden Updates.

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