This week, I want to share my garden with you! I planted it 10 weeks ago and it looks a lot different now than it did the first day I brought the baby seedlings home. I like to think that the garden has grown, passed through childhood, and is now in its sulky teenage phase. It doesn’t quite fit in its space, it’s growing kind of out of proportion, and it’s definitely a bit wild.
Each Saturday (except this past one--oops), I’ve diligently snapped photos of the plants so that I could share this record of growth. I only garden about 5-10 minutes a day, five days a week, but after 10 weeks, that adds up to significant time. And all that time has lead to plenty of thoughts and observations. But first, pictures!
Weeks 4, 5, & 6:
Weeks 7, 8, & 9:
Pretty cool, huh? These plants look completely different from when I brought them home. They used to look like this:
And now, two and half months of my garden musings:
Dear weather, what’s up?
It’s very much still spring here in Los Angeles and not summer, so I think some of the plants are not getting enough sunlight yet to really thrive and produce fruit. Usually, the weather is much hotter, but this has been a cool season so far. I count 9 green tomatoes hinting at what’s to come in the garden, but they don’t even have a blush of orange. How long do tomatoes take to mature?!
I lost the peas. They were looking great…but then, around week 7…what happened?! They started withering. I tried more water, less water, more sun, less sun, but they are NOT looking salvageable. As a final effort, I trimmed the dead parts of the plants off to see if that would promote new growth. I took some gorgeous photos of the beautiful pea leaves (AKA pea tips) for my earlier gardening post and now I'm nostalgic for the days when the plant looked like that.
A new baby baby carrot.
I harvested the carrots! The label indicated maturity at 49 days, and they’re underground (duh), so not visible. I decided to pull them up one week later because even if they were misshapen or tiny, I didn’t want to wait. They were delicious!
Zucchinis and cucumbers, oh my.
Based on what I’m seeing now, it seems that the zucchini and cucumber plants might be the most productive. They’ve each produced something tasty already and they are still hard at work. I read that zucchini plants are especially productive in the late summer…we’ll see.
Advice for the future.
Dear future Jessica, when you start a garden next time, read the spacing instructions on the tags of the plants you buy. They’re not on there just for kicks! If you plant everything too close together again, you’ll end up re-potting the whole garden after a month. Again.
I've decided for the rest of the season to give myself a break from taking pictures each week. Don't worry though, I'll still snap photos of my harvest, so you can get an idea of what's ready to be eaten.
Did you plant a garden this spring? What lessons have you learned so far?