My Vegetable Garden – Enjoying The Harvests

It has been a while since I have updated my readers on my vegetable garden progress. You can catch up on this series if you weren’t around when I started planning my vegetable garden. I started out with great aspirations and had made some improvements from last year with an extra garden box that we used for beans. We got ahead of ourselves in the transplanting stage and were forced to start over. The few weeks of growing the seedlings were flushed down the toilet (figuratively, not literally) because we didn’t wait for the weather.

In my last update, I shared our alterations and improvements. We had a furry neighbor eating out plants that we had to put a stop to as well as some other important updates. It has been several weeks (if not a couple months) since that update, so I figured it was time to tell you all how it’s going.

What’s Growing Well

In the past two months, we have mostly positive moments. We enjoyed the first harvest, which consisted of a couple green beans (from the only plant that survived our earlier planting) and it has picked up since then. While many people who rent don’t take advantage of having a vegetable garden, we have enjoyed every minute. If you remember, we planted green beans, green peppers, tomatoes (2 plants), and cucumbers. Here’s a detailed look at our progress:

Green Peppers:

One of the vegetables that is doing well is our green pepper plant. We have already enjoyed two green peppers and there are at least 3 other peppers growing on the plant. A friend of mine grew green peppers last year, but only had 1 pepper for the entire season. So, I feel like this is a huge success. More importantly, I absolutely love green peppers, so it’s even more of a success in my book.

Tomatoes and Cucumbers

We have also had pretty decent success with our tomatoes and cucumbers. We have two tomato plants, one cherry and the other one being “regular” sized tomatoes. We’ve had at least 20 cherry tomatoes already and 3 regular sized tomatoes. While we often eat the cherry tomatoes before getting inside (they’re a great snack), the large ones make a great components to one of our various salads. yummm!

Our cucumbers are doing okay. We’ve had 4 or 5 of them already with one more growing. I’m afraid that the plant is going to stop producing soon since I don’t see any other cucumbers growing at the moment. This is about what we got last year, but I still have my fingers crossed.

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A picture of our cherry tomatoes ripening. The cucumber plant is behind it.

 What’s Been Struggling

In case you haven’t guessed it already, the one downside to our vegetable garden has been our green beans. While our one plant was the first one to produce anything out of our garden, the other plants that were part of our second planting of beans, have been slow to produce. When I say slow, I mean, they are just now flowering. *sigh*

For the longest time, I thought we didn’t have green beans. The reason being is that all of the second phase plants trellised up the fencing and poles. The first plant (again, that survived the first planting and was weeks ahead) did no such thing, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw this happen.

Can you see how far they are from the ground?

Anyways, because we have only had one plant to produce anything, we only got a couple of green bean pods at a time. Which, is basically nothing. In hindsight, this was poor planning on my part because you can’t just eat raw green beans. I mean, maybe you can, but I’m not going to. While I am looking forward to seeing how the rest of the plants produce, I’m not holding my breath. In fact, I am already planning on excluding green beans from our garden next year – that’s how much I am disappointed.

Reflections

I have thoroughly enjoyed growing our garden this year. It is always nice and relaxing to water the plants after a long day at work. I know I have already said this in one of the earlier updates, but it’s definitely true: gardening is a cheap hobby. While there have been frustrating or disappointing moments and I have already made plans to improve our garden for next year, it is nice to enjoy the benefits of your hard work. This is true with all aspects of life, isn’t it?

Are you growing a garden? How’s your garden going?

 

8 Responses to My Vegetable Garden – Enjoying The Harvests

  1. Just curious – have you figured out about how much in water this is costing you every month? When I was messing around with more than a few pots of herbs it was costing big $ on the water bill… though I’m sure that depends a lot on the climate where you live!

    • We are using baby’s bath water to water our potted plants. :) Our community garden is doing very well. Whenever we need lettuce or carrots, we just go down to get some. Our beans are doing well. The tomatoes are late. The garden doesn’t get enough sun so we probably should stop trying with the tomatoes.

      • Corey says:

        Yes, I’ve heard that tomatoes take a lot of sunlight. Even though ours are located between several buildings, the angle of the sun works in our favor during the summer months.

    • Corey says:

      Great question. Actually, we are renting, so we don’t pay for water. It can’t be that much because we only use about 3-4 gallons of water per day (about 5-6x a week).

  2. Cherry Tomato plant looking really good. I’m curious though, why not grow it in the ground?

    • Corey says:

      We would love to – but unfortunately we are renting so digging up the backyard isn’t really an option for us since it isn’t our yard. We were lucky enough to be allowed to put pots there.

  3. I can’t wait until we start next year. We had many home projecgts this year, but my wife wants me to build raised gardens beds next year. We’ll use our leftover fence wood, and put them in a spot that gets sun all day.

    Well done on your garden. There really is no comparison to your own veggies straight from the garden.

  4. 101 Centavos says:

    Cory, on green beans, a call to the local university extension will tell you what grows well in your area. Bush beans are more prolific than pole beans, and easier to grow. “”Bush Blue Lake” and “Provider” are good bets for bush beans.
    “Asparagus yard long” and “Chinese Red Noodle” are pole bean varieties that grow to a foot or two feet long. Even if you only get a couple, that’s enough for a good stir-fry or two.
    By the way, looks like you have have Lamb’s Quarters growing along with your pepper plant. The leaves are good to toss in a salad. Tastes a bit like spinach.

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