BIG UPDATE: The Garden Reloaded

It has been a long time since the last update, but that’s because we’ve been working hard (I swear!) and we started so many projects at once! Everything isn’t 100% completed, but there are some things you need to see.

First off, we’ve had some awesome harvests of kale, potatoes, tomatoes, beets, carrots, stir fry greens, and various herbs. Here are some pictures of the haul. This is only about one-third of the potato harvest and only about one-tenth of the tomatoes we’ve grabbed so far.

A small portion of the tomato harvest

Carrots and beets

Some of the potatoes

A lot of plants are doing very well. A student planted some giant pumpkin, and it’s devouring the bed next to it. Our bed of basil has gone insane. (I think we need a permit for something like this!) The eggplant is growing strong… but there are no flowers. Nitrogen promotes green growth and phosphorus promotes flower and fruit growth, so I added some organic fertilizer (I think it’s 3-7-4, that’s N-P-K) and I hope it’s not too late to get some flowers.

Basil

Eggplant

Giant Pumpkin

More pumpkin

Our tomato plants are super tall. There is a blight that is killing the lower branches, but we still get plenty of fruit from the middle and top of the plant. I planted some pole beans and in three days they were already one foot tall. They are flowering now, and I can’t wait for some beans. Our peas look like they are happy too. I planted them on two trellises, but for some reason they only grew on one. I don’t know why.

Look at these tomato plants

Pole beans are growing up!

Peas only on one side… WHY?

Some bio lab on Princeton was doing a photosynthesis experiment on corn, and when they finished they gave it to us. I think the picture speaks for itself.

Super tall corn

We planted a fast-harvest watermelon, and in less than a month it went from this:

Babies

to this:

Attack of the vines!

Can’t wait to eat this!

I can’t wait for some watermelon! If there was some contest for the best fruit, watermelon would easily place in the top five. Assuming bananas weren’t using steroids or the strawberries were doping.

ALSO LOOK HOW WEIRD THESE PEPPERS ARE! THEY GROW UPSIDE DOWN!

I can’t remember the exact name, but they are called Chinese something-or-other peppers. There’s so many growing on just one plant. It’s just so weird.

Never seen something like this

Look how many are on one plant!

After pulling up the radishes (almost al of them bolted ☹ ) and other crops, we had a lot of empty beds. We planted more kale (I used to hate it but now I love it), arugula, spinach, and romaine lettuce.

Kale

Arugula

Spinach

I used some kale to make an awesome kale salad. I chopped the kale into half-inch strips (I left the central stem because I like the crunch). Then I made the most amazing dressing: soy sauce, balsamic, lime juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Mix it all together, pour it over, and massage the salad for two minutes to get it nice and soft. DELICIOUS, I TELL YOU! I bet it would have been even better with chopped walnuts or cranberries or something.

Chopped kale salad with a soy balsamic lime dressing

Remember a few months ago when the back of the garden looked like this?

Welcome to hell

Well now check it out!

Started setting up the herb patches

Mulched around the bushes

Mulched behind the trees. Note that the vines have been cut off the fence!

Laying down more mulch very soon

The area around the trees and blueberry bushes was covered with weedblock plastic and mulched. I’m thinking we can put some big pots or asparagus or other plants in the space in-between. I also segmented out the herb area of the garden. I’m going to put in one more patch and further weed it to make a nice section for the dill, spearmint, and other herbs.

How are things outside the fence? Well there are some nice sunflowers and marigolds out to greet you now. Also, along the woods, there is this HUGE squash plant growing. Well, we’re not sure what kind of gourd it might be, but here’s a picture of the fruit it’s growing. Hey, I’m not complaining!

The head is pretty small compared to the body

Front gate

This plant is nuts

Maybe it’s a pumpkin.

Sprinklers in action

And now let’s meet some more of the garden staff: Marty Mantis, Dora Deer, and Freddy Frog!

How cute

Don’t eat anything please!

Ribbet

School will be starting in a few weeks, but we will continue working on the garden because, well, there’s still a lot to do! There are a few more beds that need to be replanted, more mulch needs to be put down, weeds need weeding… busy busy busy! We’ll keep you updated!

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