Congratulations are in order…we’re expecting!!!

Here’s the harvest for the day:07-29-09 (7)Seven cherry tomatoes, one lemon cucumber, two cucumbers from the potted bush cucumber plant and lettuce leaves from the last remaining lettuce plant.

I was looking at Kate’s blog today, Gardening Without Skills , and saw a heart made with veggies.  It was too cute.   It even had a love poem for gardeners.  I went a little tomato crazy last year and wrote a poem about tomatoes.

This years tomatoes are doing well.07-29-09 (2)

 The vines are as tall now as they were last year on August 23rd.07-29-09 (3)I have come up with a way to support the vines once they outgrow the trellis, which I’ll post a picture later on.

Maybe the peppers will catch up.  Here they are today.07-29-09 (4)

The four pepper plants closest to the corn with the marigold in between were the first to go in the ground and they’re a little bigger, not much, than the others.  The empty space is where I had the in-ground potatoes.  The harvest was just at 1 big old pound.06-19-09No, that wasn’t a typo.  1/one/uno pound.  I am no Annie’s Granny with her tons of taters from 12 square feet compared to my 6 square feet.  I’m still holding out hope for the potatoes growing in the bin along the side of the garage.  Only a couple of bugs found the plants and they’re still growing like crazy.

I was so happy to find out today that we’re expecting….a new flush of raspberries.07-29-09 (9)I don’t know what variety they are as they were Free Cycled plants.  I got them mid summer last year and they had already fruited, so this years fruit was on last year’s wood.  I’ve repotted the plants, pulled out a few canes and repotted them and cut out the growing tips.  The plants are sending out new foliage, and now I see new future berries.  I only see them on one plant as of today, though.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get a second crop of raspberries!  One of the repotted canes is a trade with a gardening friend of my neighbor who has figs growing in her yard.  I’ve read that figs respond by producing more fruit if the roots are constricted, so they should do well in a container.  So, I’m expecting raspberries and figs.

Happy Gardening!!!



  1. July 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

    You’re such an artistic gardener! LOL, I don’t know if that’s a Viking or the devil himself 😉

    I think I’ll post your delightful tomato poem out in my garden.

  2. gardengoodies said,

    July 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

    My son told me it looks like a demon, so you’re both thinking alike.

    Feel free to post away.

  3. engineeredgarden said,

    July 29, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Cheryl – I’d love to grow the potatoes like granny, too…I really feel that soil depth had alot to do with my failure. Man….those little tomatoes are putting on well! I didn’t plant any of the seeds you gave me this year, but will have to the next one.

    • gardengoodies said,

      July 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      My mother-in-law’s potatoes did better than mine (and I gave her the starts). She hardly hilled hers or anything. Go figure.

      Those tomato seeds are everywhere. I’ve pulled more pop-up tomato plants than I’ve actually planted. Last year I potted them up and Free Cycled them. This year I just didn’t feel like it.

  4. Dan said,

    July 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Your veggie faces a great! The garden is looking good, I like how you train the toms over the arbor. I may have to steal that idea next year.

    • gardengoodies said,

      July 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

      The tomatoes are at the head of the class right now. I guess that time under the row covers did them some good. I train them (for the most part) to a single vine, and I think these will probably be the longest I’ve ever grown. I’m on sucker patrol every time I go out to the garden.

  5. July 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Look at all those tomatoes! That plant is just loaded!!! Sure looks good!

    Hope you get lots of raspberries. Grasshoppers are absolutely devouring my raspberry foliage… probably won’t get any this year… sigh…

    • gardengoodies said,

      July 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

      Some kind of bugs have been chewing on mine too. Some of the leaves look like lace.

      I’ve been reading and reading on trimming raspberries, but now I’m thoroughly confused again since seeing the new set of potential berries. I wish I had thought to ask the ladies what kind they were when I got them. I got four nice sized clumps from one lady and one single cane from another.

  6. Kate said,

    August 1, 2009 at 6:55 am

    I love the rabbit with the afro that you designed!! And congrat’s on the raspberries! Will you be decorating the nursery for your new arrival??? And you need to know that my 5-year-old son is sitting next to me peering over my shoulder right now and when he saw your potato pic he said “WOW MOM LOOK! THEY’RE GROWING MONEY!!” He is still carrying on about wanting a tree that’ll grow quarters. This should be fun to explain to him 900 times today.

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

      You see a rabbit, Granny sees a Viking or the devil.

      Your son’s got a good business head already. Why worry about growing useless potatoes when you can grow quarters! I just love how kids see the world.

      • August 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

        I’d see a rabbit if the ears were reversed to point outward. Pointing inward like that, they look like horns! Whichever, a it’s cute and artistic way to display your veggies!

        • gardengoodies said,

          August 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

          Yeah, I can see a rabbit if the ears were turned the other way. You guys are going to have to tolerate me until this little phase is over.

          p.s. Your package is on the way.

  7. Melissa (Mrs.Ruiz) said,

    August 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Cheryl your gardening seems to be going well!! Keep up the good work 🙂

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 27, 2009 at 7:22 am

      It would have been going so much better if we’d had a real summer around here, but thanks. I’m looking forward to next year.

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