Sunday, July 05, 2009

Gardening - Round 2

Last weekend we decided to rip out our tomato plants, which had stopped producing fruit, to plant something a little more season appropriate. We decided to plant some pumpkins and some butternut squash, since those are a couple of the handful of things you can actually plant in our warm... okay, hotter than hades climate. I had dried and saved the seeds from our halloween pumpkin last year, so we pulled those out and planted them last Saturday. Much to our surprise, they had sprouted by Tuesday morning! These plants are growing so fast! They are only a week old and already working on their 4th set of leaves. I'm sure we'll have to thin out the pumpkins once they really get going. Our garden is only 3' x 4' after all! We took some pictures of our new babies today.


Butternut Squash

We decided to keep our green bell pepper plant for now since it seems to be very happy and working very hard lately. Right now we have 3 bell peppers growing. We can't wait until they are ready to pick. These homegrown bell peppers are so tasty!

Joshua's sunflowers are still going strong. He loves taking care of them and watering them every day with his watering can.

We have all really learned a lot in our gardening adventures. One thing we've learned is, if one of your tomatoes falls off the plant and ends up buried in the soil, it just might turn into a new tomato plant!

We'll see if this little guy actually turns into anything!

Hopefully we'll be seeing some flowers starting on our new plants in the next month or two. I'll be happy if we can get a couple good pumpkins so as not to have to buy any for halloween this year, and maybe share some with our friends and/or neighbors. We'll see how it goes!


Jen S. said...

Wow! The fact that you have time to do gardening gives me some light at the end of the tunnel that there will be *free-time* again one day in the future!

Tracy said...

My son brought home a single pumpkin plant from kindergarten last spring, and by the end of the summer, it took over half of our 10 x 13-foot garden. Be prepared--and enjoy!!