Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Garden 2 Months In

The Garden 2 Months In

Can you believe the growing our garden has accomplished in just over a month? We're just over 2 months in, and everything has taken off since day 21 (when I last updated you on the garden):

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Aw, look...everything was just a baby then!
We have not harvested any vegetables yet (although I'm using the fresh herbs like crazy)...but there are positive signs of soon arrival! Buds on the bell pepper plants:

Pepper blossoms

And finally, our first baby tomatoes!! I definitely did some squealing when these beauties appeared. There are about ten of them now!

Baby tomatoes

We've done some experimenting/tweeking with our garden in the last month. Around month 1, our peppers and tomatoes seemed to have hit a growth stunt, so we pulled them out to get a tad more sun and added some fertilizer. BAM--that seemed to do the trick. Everyone says tomatoes should get full sun (6+ hours), but we only have at most 3 1/2 hours in our "backyard." At first I was a bit concerned about that, but the tomatoes seem to be flourishing nonetheless. Maybe because we're in hot Florida?

Also, in the last week we've been adding compost to the top of our soil, so hopefully that will benefit the plants. :) Our apartment complex has a community compost bin!


And the red bugs that I was worried about at day 21? They've all disappeared and did no harm to the plants. Whew! We have started using some Neem Oil (given to us by a friend) on the plants to keep other bugs away (an organic method).

I've loved reading some of the garden updates that have been shared for Try New Adventures Thursday. I'm falling in love and want to do a garden every year now! Here's hoping we get lots of tomatoes/peppers/zucchinis in the days to come...



Linked to Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage and Frugal Gardening 101 at Amy's Finer Things.
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15 comments:

  1. I love baby tomatoes!!! Your garden is coming along nicely! I shared a post about our garden update today too!

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  2. It looks awesome!! How wonderful!! Will you need to transfer your tomatoes at all, or will they do just fine in the pot? I've been wondering if I could buy a seedling and put it in a big pot I found in our backyard. But, I've never done container plants, so wasn't sure if it would have to be transfered at some point.

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  3. Your garden looks great!! We are starting to see sprouts of lots of things, but in a big open garden, we are having a hard time figuring out what is a weed and what is plant. We know we are seeing watermelon! Is this your first garden?

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  4. Absolutely lovely....that hydrangea is so pretty! xoox, tracie

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  5. We have a little peat pellet garden on our window sill right now--hoping to plant them outside as soon as the weather stays warm! I'm so excited to have fresh herbs to use in my cooking :)

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  6. Wow looking good! I hope my basil and lavender grows so well. I would have squealed about tomatoes too! I can eat a TON of those.

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  7. Wow! What a big difference!! You'll be harvesting tomatoes soon!

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  8. Now I'm really excited to finally get our garden up and going this weekend!! We are finally finally finally getting warmed up over in "sunny California"!! I hope I didn't speak/type too soon. Found a informative site the other day that has helpful tips...haven't looked at it too much yet though. http://www.gardeners.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Gardeners-Site/default/Page-KGPJS

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  9. Oh I am so jealous! Your plants look awesome. The rain has kept us from getting our plants in the ground yet. Hopefully this week it will dry out enough.

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  10. Your plants look great. Isn't it so exciting to watch them grow. Last year was my fist time gardening and I remember letting out a squeal when I got my first baby tomatoes, too :)

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  11. That's awesome! I love your garden and am totally inspired. :)

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  12. Container garden is looking great!

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  13. Your garden looks beautiful! Thanks for the reminder on the Neem Oil. I'd heard it before, but had forgotten about it.

    Thanks for linking up to Frugal Gardening this week! Hope you'll join us again next week.

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  14. Wow. Looks great! I'm impressed!

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  15. Wow, they look fabulous for being planted in pots- great way to take advantage of any sun you've got. If you find the tomatoes aren't coloring up for you later, that might indicate the need for more sun, too. I look forward to seeing your progress!

    Jami
    An Oregon Cottage

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