Le Jardin

I've just realized that I've been incredibly lax in posting an update of my garden this year. The sad truth is that this year I was so enthusiastic. I planned my garden, started my plants early and actually managed to keep most of them alive. And then "spring" (and I use the term loosely) happened. And things didn't get transplanted into my garden until about two weeks later than the "last frost" date. And then about a week later, we had frost. Thanks mother nature. Just... thanks.

ANYHOO, everything seems to be growing at a snails pace this year and it's driving me insane. But here is where things are as of right now. And even though things are going slow, there is one thing that excites me and makes me a do a little happy dance whenever I check on it.

Peppers!!! YAY!! It's my first time growing them, and they're actually doing well. They are also one of the few things that I didn't lose in the frost. Problem is, Mac pulled all the labels off, so I don't know what kind of pepper this is.

Different pepper plant. I think that this is a mini bell pepper plant. And if you look closely, you can see the little guys poking through.
The pumpkin plant that didn't get frost bitten. Slowly but surely, it's starting to grow.
Peas and yellow beans.
Sad, sad carrots - I don't think these are going to do well.
The pumpkin plant that got frost bitten. It looked like it was going to die, but seems to have come back. This one is in a pot, not in my actual garden.

Tomatoes. I tried this last year and messed it up royally and gave up on this system. But after talking to people that swore by it, I decided to give it an other shot. Seems to be going well. I also have two other tomato plants in the garden. I think one is Roma, one is Grape tomatoes, and one is Brandywine. 
So this is my pet project for the week. I bough shares in a farm this summer. It's a little risky but it's a great way to support local farmers and eat locally grown food. (Here is a link to Hawk Feather Farm's facebook page) Basically, you pay a set amount and get equal shares of everything that grows throughout the season. Last week, part of my shares was a head of lettuce. I noticed that they had pulled it out of the ground instead of just cutting the top leaves. My neighbour had recently told me that she had been planting the bottom inch of her store bought romaine lettuce and "re-growing" it so I thought I'd give it a try. Three days ago, I sat the bottom of the head of lettuce in a small container of water and crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. IT'S WORKING!! See the new little shoots? I'm going to let it grow a bit more and then try transplanting it into my garden.

Butter (boston) lettuce. I'm really excited about this because it's one of my favorite kinds.
Green onions. 
Sweet basil
Swiss Chard
Romaine lettuce. Really not doing all that well.
Acorn Squash. I grew these last year and they did well. I can't wait to see if this goes as well this year!
Pole beans
Sad cukes. I really hope these recover and do well. I've never had a problem with growing these before. 
My BIG bell pepper. This one is my BABY.
Bell peppers, regular size (I think)

So, that's my little garden so far. I also have an other garden plot in the community garden centre. This year, I planted potatoes, carrots, radish, squash, and onions there. I'll take pictures next time I go and post an update later. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get rid of SLUGS, or little bugs that chew on the leaves of beans, I will happily take suggestions.


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