Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Garden Update #7

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Garden Update #7

Things are going pretty well on the garden front. We’ve transplanted all our peppers into containers. Our porch is like a jungle! The broccoli and chard are still going nuts, but as of yet, I see nothing but leaves on the broccoli plant. Our Hungarian Wax Pepper plant already has a pepper on it!

The community garden plot is doing pretty well too. Some of the plants look a bit beat up, but I think they’ll be alright. When we bought our pepper starts, the hot banana peppers came in a pack of 6 starts. We planted 2 in containers on the porch, and the other 4 in the garden. Banana peppers are awesome pickled and I have no shortage of ideas for their use. We also planted the Roma tomato plant and put a tomato cage around it. We weeded and did a bit of tilling; all the rain and our walking around in it when it was muddy last week had caused a lot of deep pock marks and trenches. It looks a lot better now.

Check it out - here is the container garden:

The mighty broccoli plants.

Broccoli, hot banana pepper, bell pepper, and habanero pepper (the aphids are back, but we've got a fresh lemon juice concoction for them.)

The habanero again, our sad yucca, the chard, and cayenne pepper.

Orange bell pepper, jalapeno, Hungarian Wax, super chili, chocolate pepper, serrano, some flowers, and another hot banana pepper.

New Mexican Chile start. It's still moving along. I'd say it's about 3 inches tall now. I'm really hoping it takes off.

Our first pepper! It's a Hungarian Wax! It looks like it's going to grow upside down. I love when they do that. :-)

And the community garden:

This is a view of our plot at the community garden. Our plot is from the post you see at the left to the hay. I think some people got the impression that the whole thing was our plot. I wish!

I hope you guys can actually make something out of these pictures. There is grass going right up to the garden and the plants are still pretty small as we buried them deep. Good thing too because it's been a lot windier than I recall Missouri being lately.

Well, I'm pretty tired, we worked a lot today! I'm off to relax, oh and probably eat some vegan ice cream, calories have been more difficult for me to come by sans tooth.

'Til next time!


romina said...

Ooh look at all those peppers! I wish they would grow here. Yum!

VeggieGirl said...

Wow, your porch really DOES look like a jungle, haha. Awesome!

The community garden plot looks great too!

Alice (in Veganland) said...

See, at the end they were strong enough! or so it looks like...
I'm sure you notice the wind and rain now more than ever, haha.

Danielle said...

Oh how exciting! I cannot wait to begin my mini-garden. It's so rewarding to finally eat what you grow :) enjoy!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Your plants are coming along nicely!

Lizzy said...

Look how they grew =D
I'm so jealous of your jungle porch and the goods it carries! And I got so excited when I heard about your community garden, that's wonderful!
My grandma used to have one like this and she grew the best zucchini =p

jessy said...

thanks for posting all of these garden updates, Jennifer! i really love them! it's nice to see what you're doing and all the progress that's being made! w00t! :D

Cookiemouse said...

Great to see your garden doing so well. I bet the peppers will be a treat when they are ready.

Bianca said...

What was that tiny palm tree-lookin' plant?

Jennifer said...

Romina - I know, I can't wait for them to start producing!! Oh no! Will peppers not grow in your area of Canada?

Veggie Girl - At least there is still enough room to walk around. :-)

It looks a lot better in those pictures than when we arrived.

Alice - You were right! I'm just new to all this so I don't know what to expect. I know! Everytime we have a wind advisory (which seems like all the time now), the plants are the first things on my mind.

Have you started your jalapenos yet?

Danielle - You should have garden updates as well. I'd love to see your plants' progress. I can't wait to eat these veggies!

Lisa - Thanks!

Lizzy - They grow so fast. :-) Do they have community gardens in Germany? If not, you should lobby your local goverment or planning commission. Urban agriculture is wonderful.

I can't WAIT for zucchini, they are becoming one of my favorite veggies.

Jessy - Not a problem, I didn't think anyone besides Brett and I would be interested in them at the beginning.

The plants are moving along, and the weather is finally cooperating, so I'm hoping the plants in the ground will really take off.

Cookiemouse - I can't wait for the peppers. I already have so many ideas for what to do with them. Any excess peppers will be pickled, canned into salsas, dried, or frozen.

Bianca - It's a Yucca tree. It hasn't been doing too well. It was looking pretty shabby inside so we brought it out when the weather got nicer. It didn't seem to like that either. It finally SEEMS to be stablizing.

Mihl said...

I am really in love with your garden and your porch. I wish I had that much space!

Lizzy said...

It depends on where you live and even thogh we have a backyard that's quite impressive for an apartment building in Berlin (I'll post some pictures... I love that they haven't cut the grass until now because it's all wild and gorgeous) it wouldn't work well to plant sth there. When I was little there were raspberries and chives, but that was a loooong time ago. I miss the raspberries though!

And I'm excited about that bean dish you made!

Rural Vegan said...

Your container garden is so cute! Your broccoli plants have a way to go yet, those suckers get BIG, but they're fun to grow because you can harvest from them all growing season long.