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a garden update

May 2nd

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May 24th

rainbow chard


July 16th

rainbow chard in the center – 4 pepper plants left front – cucumber plants right front and along the side edge


August 3rd

So remember back on August 3rd when I was complaining about not seeing peppers or cucumbers on the plants?

kale front left – peppers front right – cucumbers in the back

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August 20th.

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What a difference 2 1/2 weeks can make!

The kale plant sprouted after my 2nd planting last month.  Looks like it’s going to make it this time!  With the first planting it only grew to about 1” tall before the sun sucked the life out of it.

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The rainbow chard has been outstanding.  This was the only veggie to grow from our first planting back in May.  It took awhile but just won’t stop now.  We have 2 rainbow chard plants and I have picked them about 5 times each.  The leaves are tender and the stems are colorful + crisp.

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I’m going to have romaine!  Finally!

We have about 6 or so romaine plants that should be ready for picking in 1-2 weeks.  This was also from the second planting on July 16th.  The romaine that was planted back in May never even showed its face.

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Say hello to my first cucumber.  Ready to be plucked!  I forget which plants are pickling cucumbers and which are full size.  These look like the pickling cucumbers to me. 

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Cannot wait to start making my super simple pickles!  They’re ready to eat the very same day you make them.

6 Spice Pickles | Simply Dill Pickles | Red Hot Pickles | Lemon Basil Pickles | Sweet Garlic Pickles

Salt + Pepper Garlic Pickles | Pickles Banana Peppers

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Are these not the cutest little things you’ve ever seen??

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My pepper plants have come back to life as well.  3 out of the 4 plants looked like they were ready to give up a month or so ago.

But I finally spotted a few baby green peppers!

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And a little ladybug.

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Below is the 1st pepper plant I bought at the farmers market this year.  While it’s taken awhile to grow it was the only pepper plant that didn’t look like death as of last month.

Once fully ripe these peppers will be turn purple + taste sweet!

Slightly excited…

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I totally forget what type of peppers these are.  The water washed off the ink from the tags.  Guess I’ll be doing some experimenting soon.

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And here we have a handful of butter lettuce plants, replanted in July.

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The only thing I did differently from the first planting back in May?

Watered the plants more! 

It may have also still been a bit on the chilly side at night when I first planted the seeds.  Next year, I will start them indoors and hopefully have better results. 

Nothing else was different between the 2 plantings and knock on wood, we haven’t had any bug/pest issues at all.  A few munched on leaves but that’s it.  I actually know nothing about organic pest control since it hasn’t been a problem for us [yet!].

You can find all of the specifics on what we filled our garden bed with in this post.  We tried out a new local product called Agrichar.  Since we’ve never had a garden in Colorado before we’re not sure if our results are typical or if the success from the second planting has anything to do with the Agrichar.  We also haven’t used any fertilizer or compost, per the suggestion of that product.

As soon as I have a handful of cucumbers you can expect a cucumber salad recipe.

And a pickle recipe…obviously!

Stay tuned!


Reader Comments (27)

Oh wow, your garden is beautiful! We don't have as many greens as you do, though we had a lot of arugula early in the season. Next year the husband must plant more salad greens. Me, not so much, I have a black thumb. I harvest and cook!

We pickled our leftover green tomatoes last year and they were amazing! Love pickles. Can't wait to see your spin on them and try it on our cucumbers too. They exploded! All our neighbors will be getting cucumbers for presents.
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Those little peppers look like salsa peppers!
your garden looks great! i wish we had the climate for that, but it's just too hot here. everything would burn to a crisp!
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarissa@ohhhsolovely
Yay I just made pickled from my garden two days ago and beets for dinner last night! My problem is I love looking at everything and don't want to pick it haha.
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
It's always so exciting when gardens grow. I've got a couple of plants in pots outside, and every time I see a new little bud or tomato growing, I get so happy. Next year I'm definitly planting more.
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Yipee!! I'm so excited for you! Our little cucumbers look JUST like that, I need to make a cucumber salad, too...but I just have a bagful away to our neighbors and will have to wait for the next batch. :-) I am definitely planting rainbow chard next year, you can coach me through it.
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Wow Ashley, everything looks so great!! That must be so rewarding and I bet it tastes so much better!
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMiriam @ Bellaspire
Thank you for the garden updates! I have been reading since you put that coconuty mulch thing and I am so impressed at how much it has grown! Beautiful!
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
You are such an inspiration! Your garden is beautiful.
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelli Preston
Well done Ashley! A lot of hard work that really paid off... I really want to do potted gardens on my balcony next year. Have no idea where to start, but I have a whole year to figure it out I guess!
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChrista @ Edible Balance
I've never liked cucumbers much, but I love cucumber salad! My mom has a really simple recipe - white vinegar, sugar, & red chili flakes. So good.
My dad gave me a little yellow cucumber from his garden this year and I thought it was a tiny squash.....Good thing I didn't bite right into it......
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ Blonde Ambition
I think you are right, that is a pickling cucumber! :) I am OVERLOADED with them right about now :)
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
@Katie - Plant seeds. Water. Watch grow. :) Apparently it's pretty hard to kill as it's the only thing that survived early season!

@Susan - Your comment made me laugh with the "coconutty mulch." I wish the garden still smelled like coconut!

@Christa - I want to do more herbs next year. Totally neglected to plant any. I definitely want a few tomato plants as well.

@Katie - Sounds really good with the kick of heat!

@Andrea - Thanks for confirming!
August 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I was scrolling through my google reader when I noticed that I hadn't had a post from you since MARCH! What caused that and how do I fix it?
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen
@Ellen - It happened when I revamped my blog. I had to change my feed when I moved the blog to a new host + platform. I tried to keep readers up to speed via the blog/twitter/facebook but I know not everyone caught the change. So sorry about that!! You can resubscribe with this feed: Thanks!!
August 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
I am SO jealous of your garden! It is gorgeous!!
Do share, is it easier than it looks to start and maintain?
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August 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhekwerk
how beautiful your little garden is! I cannot wait to start gardening myself - probably in wine boxes on my balcony next year. So far I can just admire other bloggers efforts and fulfilling results!
August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKsenija
Do you have issues with squirrels and rabbits?
August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @FoodSnobSTL
@Laura - Luckily, we've had no animal problems either. There are a ton of squirrels around but so far so good!
August 22, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Wow, your garden looks great! I'm glad you decided to re-plant - I probably would have given up after the first attempt since I seem to have quite a black thumb. Everything looks great, and I'm sure your veggies are going to be so delicious!
Ohh your Romaine lettuce looks so yummy! My kale is the only thing that has been a prolific producer this summer, and I'm only planting the lettuce now since it's been really hot this year! Might I suggest that you plant a cut and come again variety next year for the lettuce? That way, you'll get to eat them when they're young and you can harvest every week or so :)
@Sylvia - Thanks so much for the suggestion! Fabulous idea. Funny how one thing can grow so well. Enjoy the kale!
August 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Congratulations on your garden! I'm dying to get planting, hopefully next year- so far the only thing I've been able to sustain is mint, and even then, it practically grows itself. Any pointers on how to start/keep it going? Your veggies look great!
August 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
the garden is looking beautiful and bountiful. My garden is finally rebounding (tho my tomato plants are dwindling one by one).

Oh and if you plan on doing herbs, and growing mint, make sure you out it in a pot because mint will take over everything like a berry bush and hard to get rid of. I have my herbs in pots just outside the door for easy cutting in cooking and making mojitos. :)
August 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersonia the mexigarian
Grote Soms zie ik erg leuk en makkelijk gemaakt blogs, maar in de meeste opzichten zijn ze erg handig als je blog.
September 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHekwerk
This is such a great post. I'm always afraid of having my own garden since I can't seem to keep a flower alive. The thought of having my own cucumbers and romaine lettuce sound refreshing. I just may have to try my own garden next year. Good to know to start inside though especially if it's a bit chilly outside. My house has a beautiful garden and it just may be time to take advantage of it!
October 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKali

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