A Garden Update II

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So my vegetables are coming in! I made mistakes obviously but overall I think I did pretty good for my first year. Here are my results:

My tomato plants were in a box shape, 5 rows of 4 plants, which wasn’t the best lay out. The plants in the back didn’t get enough sun so they weren’t that productive. Next year I will just put all my plants in one row.

I will also stunt their growth and keep them short. Apparently this technique produces as many tomatoes but is easier on the plant. It takes less energy for the plant to feed its fruit at the bottom rather than .

My cucumbers came out nicely but I didn’t get as many as I thought I would. Next year, I will set up a trellis so my cucumbers can climb instead of having them spread out on the ground.

Apparently, cucumbers grown on some type of trellis produce two-three times more cucumbers.They also have a tendency to be healthier and more uniform in size and also in shape.

My chili peppers came out amazingly well. However, I had one chili pepper plant directly in the sun and it didn’t turn out real well. The literature says that chilies need a lot of light so I am on the fence on where to plant them next year.

My lettuce grew tall which is weird right? The leaves are tasty but I am not sure if it’s romaine lettuce lol!

My peppers turned out real sweet, perfect for salads. I had planted some peppers under my lilac tree which wasn’t the best. The peppers eventually grew out but were much slower than those directly under the sun.

Celeri = Two thumbs up!!

My broccoli failed even though I tried my best to keep them safe from the white butterfly caterpillars. I will not be planting any brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.) next summer.

My basil is beautiful and huge, ready for pesto!!!

My shallots didn’t work very well either. I planted them when they were partially grown and wasn’t successful. I will most likely plant them in the fall with my garlic, potatoes and onions. They will be ready to harvest in ear;y summer.

There it is folks!!!


  1. olivier August 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm -

    Looks great!

  2. Lus August 23, 2011 at 9:38 pm -

    Those tomatoes are awesome…they’re a little on the salty side…naturally! Amazing! First time I ever ate a tomato like an apple :)

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