Garden June 19 2014 (1)

The plants have been outside for a few weeks now, and all the seeds have germinated. It’s starting to look like a garden! It’s been pretty rainy lately, so although the plants have been very nicely watered by mother nature, there hasn’t been a whole lot of sun. The forecast has the rain ending in the next day or two, so I’m hoping we get some sunnier weather to help the plants grow.

Garden June 19 2014 (2)

The beans have really shot up. They’ve gotten pretty big in the last few weeks. I think it’ll take some time still until they start to bud out. I’m really looking forward to it because they’re going to have red flowers, so they’ll add some color to the garden.

Garden June 19 2014 (3)

All the peas have started to climb the webbing. Some of them are 6 or 8 inches tall already. Last year they seemed to not like the hotter weather, so maybe it’s a good thing it hasn’t been too hot lately.

Garden June 19 2014 (4)

Most of the zucchini and butternut squash have buds, and one has even started to bloom. The zucchini got bigger than I was expecting them to get last year, so I’m hoping I left enough room for them to grow. If not, I guess I’ll know better for next year,

Garden June 19 2014 (6)

While the tomatoes have grown a bit, I thought they’d be bigger than they are by now. Part of it might be that most of them are different kinds than I planted last year, so they might just be smaller plants. Either way they have some growing to do before they start to flower.

Garden June 19 2014 (7)

The herbs were all bought as plants (basil, parsley, and rosemary), so they’re looking pretty good. There’s nothing better than being able to use fresh herbs from the garden in your cooking.

Garden June 19 2014 (8)

I had great luck with germinating the greens. They came in pretty thickly as you can see with the top two rows, which haven’t been thinned yet. With the bottom two rows I left one plant every few inches. Why do I thin? To give the plants adequate space to grow. It might seem counterproductive to get rid of so many, but in the end they grow better and faster when they’re thinned appropriately.

Check out my other garden posts this year:

Garden Update from June 6

What I Started from Seed

Garden Update