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Let's start with our pickles and cucumbers. We planted 9 pickle plants and 9 cucumber plants.
The problem was finding a place to plant them. I like to vine up the plants so they grow up. This gives the plants support to grow and keeps the fruit off the ground. It also keeps the cucumber and pickle vines from taking up a lot of ground coverage, leaving more space for other plants.
I built the trellis with some furring strips. Super inexpensive and easy to do.
I'll probably have to add some support as the vines grow, but for now it's working great.
And as you can see, it won't be long before we're pickling.
Along with the tomato seeds we started, we picked up extra tomatoes from a local greenhouse. Our started seed looked like they were struggling a bit, and we didn't't want to miss out on the growing time. These are our Lemon Boy Tomatoes. When ripe they should be a nice yellow color. You can see just how well these plants are doing. We have 6 plants, and each one has a number of large tomatoes growing.
Our peppers are also doing really well. We planted 6 banana peppers, 6 red bell peppers,
6 yellow bell peppers, and 6 green bell peppers. The bell peppers are coming along slowly. Lots of buds and shoots, so I'm expecting plenty of fruit. But look at the banana peppers, they are actually exploding! Look at all the peppers coming in!
We've already picked a number of the peppers.
So good. So many peppers!
Now we just have to find some good recipes for the peppers!
Not pictured is our small strip of carrots, a couple corn stalks, our peas, herbs, squash, and cantaloupe.
I'll try to get an update on them next time.
There you have it, garden update #2.
Things are really looking good. The nice thing is, with the pandemic, we're not traveling to two many places this summer. And since we've already been on vacation, we're home for the rest of the summer. That means, we'll be able to care for the garden and see the harvest from all of our work. I say that because in summers past, we have planted our garden, worked it, then left at the end of the summer for vacation or a ministry trip. But this summer, we can't wait to see what the garden produces.
We'll be back in a couple of weeks with another update, so stay tuned!
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