a garden update

It was an exciting day in the garden. Each week, Joe & I volunteer for two hours–we open the shed so that other gardeners can use the common tools. It’s when we do most of our gardening–and most of our research & reading about gardening. Today, there was light weeding & lots of reading. There was also a lot of growth since last time, so I wanted to share pictures of our tiny patch(es) of land.

Plot #1

garden3There she is in all her glory. Strawberries, enormous broccoli plants, a Brussels sprout plant taking charge, four tomatoes that turned from weaklings to robust plants, an herb patch, some peppers.

garden4We got our strawberry plants (five small guys) while helping thin the Orchard’s filled-to-the-brim patch. We weren’t sure how well they’d fill in the space this year, but already runners are shooting in all directions. Nearly ten new plants have taken root; the five we planted have more than doubled in size. It’s incredible to watch them go.  

garden8Our herb patch: nasturtium to bring in pollinators & add some spice to salads, chive, sage, rosemary & lemon thyme. Too bad there’s no parsley…

garden10We thought all of our caged tomatoes were goners. Then, one day they suddenly had blooms. And now one even has a baby tomato! This plot has: Cosmonaut Volkov, sun gold, honey bunch red grape & giant Belgium. (We bought starts at the market, not the seeds I’m linking to, but I wanted you to see our future tomatoes.)

garden5We’re using a pinwheel to keep birds & bunnies away from the habanero pepper they nearly destroyed. He’s slowly bouncing back.

garden6Broccoli plant #1!

garden7Broccoli plant #2! (#3 also has a baby growing, but it’s still pretty tiny.)

Plot #2

garden11More tomato plants going strong! We’re trying the staking (rather than caging) method here, which Joe is excited about but I’m quite nervous about. So far, so good. These are half green zebra & half beauty king.

garden12One day, there were no beans. Then… there were all of these beans! They’re Provider, a bush variety. Our second plot, which we inherited just a few weeks ago when another couple abandoned it, was sort of a “It’s getting late! What can we put in the ground?” hodge podge. I knew beans could make it, so we grabbed a pack of those. A farmer offered Joe all these great tomato plants, so those went in. We lined the front with marigolds, since bunnies were still in the garden. Then, we found two crops on sale at the co-op: cajun delight okra & a spaghetti squash.


garden2This crazy sunflower started growing out of the compost heap!

garden1This crazy guy started reading in the shed instead of weeding!




About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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3 Responses to a garden update

  1. lauren says:

    I know I should be over being surprised that our husbands are practically the same person but I just thought I should let you know that Michael insisted on staking 4 of our 9 tomato plants and it has freaked me out a bit too.

    • meganbetz says:

      I think we have one soul, split into four pieces. It’s incredibly bizarre. What are the odds? (And do you prune off all the suckers near the ground? I feel like I’m cutting off so many potential tomatoes! I forget that sometimes, in writing & in gardening, it’s necessary to kill your darlings.)

      • lauren says:

        Yes! I hate ripping off the suckers but after reading my gardening book, I’ve been sucking it up since last year. I am happy to report that the soul-crushing feeling as I do it has been steadily on the decline.

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