What’s in My Garden? Part 1: The Success Stories

IMG_5688[1]As we start to near the end of the summer growing season here in the Rockies, it’s only appropriate that I update what’s in my garden. This summer I planted 3 varieties of tomatoes, 1 bell pepper, 2 habanero peppers, onions, watermelon, cucumber and pumpkin.  Phew! That was quite a list. And while we had some successes, we also had some failures.  This post is a report on our successes- and boy did we have some! This year I chose not to start from seeds.  Although I did purchase a small adjustable grow light (that report is for another day), and I did start some seeds- due to travel and other scheduling snafus, I lost all of my seed starts.  So this year, my garden was full of seedlings. I ordered tomato seedlings from Seed Savers Exchange.  Specifically, I purchased the Black Krim and Gold Medal tomatoes.  These seedlings were a huge success and I will once again order seedlings next season. The tomatoes have been sweet and delicious right off the vine. Now, to be fair, I also picked up a Bonnie grape tomato plant from our local grocery store and that too was successful. So successful that I’m pulling down 20-30 tomatoes every other day. Thankfully my kids are gobbling up the grape tomatoes at about the same rate they are ripening on the vine. Our other success story are the watermelon plants. I purchased 2 plants at a local nursery on a whim. I had no expectation that they would grow- what a pleasant surprise when I discovered not 1 but 3 green striped fruit growing away in the vines! I expect they will be ready to eat in a couple of weeks.  I will be sure to report back when we tap into them! Last but not least, I also purchased 2 cucumber plants which have been mildly successful- 3 cukes so far, but none left in sight.  I will give it a couple of more weeks to see if any more fruit sets. Overall I consider our harvest to be productive and tasty! What yummy vegetables are you harvesting this week?

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