Fruits of Labor

It’s certainly a beautiful sight to see the garden start taking off and “knock on wood” looking healthy.

The herb garden is doing exceptionally well, the bugs certainly don’t bother them since they have a strong aroma.

Lime basils

I have to say that this is the first year my tomato plants look decent and healthy.

My first ripe tomato, can’t wait to taste it.

The cucumbers and sugar snap peas cover the metal A-Frame trellis.

I have lots of tiny frogs in my garden, they are small enough to sit on the plant leaves.

Sugar snap peas.

The okras got a lot bigger, they certainly love the Summer hot weather.

The chili peppers.

My bell pepper seedlings are taking off, this is one of the plants that loves hot Summer weather also.

The Asian pole beans start to climb the fence trellis.

The Chayote squash is coming along.

The Kaffir Lime tree.

Between all the 4 persimmon trees I hope to be able to harvest at least 10 fruits in the Fall.

Early June Garden

It has been raining a lot in our area, the plus side is that I don’t have to water the garden and the downside is that the heavy storm damaged some of the young plants. The weeds also grow a lot faster than I could weed them. The lemongrass is doing well, they repel mosquitoes and I planted them next to the bench.

I have many tiny black and green frogs in the garden and have to be careful not to step on them.

I think growing tomatoes in pairs is too much for them trying to grow inside the cage, now I know that they need more room to grow. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

The sugar snap peas are doing well. The heavy rains this week snapped a few wines but I was able to tie them back to the trellis, so far they are doing okay.

I had to help the cucumbers climb the trellis last week, hope to be able to harvest in the next two weeks.

My herbs are growing faster than I could harvest them.

This year I had a hard time locating the Thai Basil, I looked everywhere even at the local nursery and had no luck. We stopped by the farmer’s market the past two weekends and found a vendor that sell them. I was so happy and it was only $2 per pot, I purchased two and wish that I had purchased more.

Some of my pepper seedlings didn’t survive the heavy rains and I had to purchase young pepper plants to replace them.

I still have a few seedlings that are thriving. The weather is hot now, and they should be taking off.

PaNoy gave me some Asian string bean seeds and they are doing well.

I absolutely love the blueberry and since they are not so fruitful this year, I have to make sure I pick them before the birds.

The Okras are coming along a lot slower than expected. I recently learned that they like warm weather, and I planted them too soon.

I’m looking forward to harvesting the persimmons in the Fall, I have a few fruits this year.

The 20+ year-old Kaffir lime tree that Bo’s mom gave me is growing new leaves. This tree goes through a lot, it has moved 3 times and hope that this garden is a permanent home.

Weekend Garden Progress

We finally have a break from the rain, it was a nice weekend to get things done in the garden. The weather was cool, perfect weather for gardening.

This is a row of bell peppers and hot peppers.

PaNoy gave these plants to me at the temple and I found out that they are the Chayote squash, I have never eaten them before but they look interesting and nice addition to my garden. The trellis is nothing fancy, I used the leftover materials from the ducks/chickens fencing. I was not happy with the outcome but since I spent several hours working on it, it’ll have to do for now. The construction is simple, I used zip ties to connect the fence together so it can be removed easily.

He sent me a picture of his mom with the Chayote squash, the plant is behind her and they climb on a trellis. PaNoy has a big beautiful garden, nothing like mine.

The rain water does wonder, the tomatoes are doing exceptionally well this year.

Cucumbers

Sugar snap peas

We love to eat egg omelet with sweet basil and I planted 3 over the weekend.

PaNoy gave this to me last year, not sure if I like the aroma but it does look pretty and survived the winter.

Lemongrass

This is also another plant from PaNoy.

Bo’s mom gave me the onions and I didn’t think they would survive the heavy rain but they look like they would make it.

I have to say that gardening is a labor of love and happy with the progress so far.