Hoping for a Harvest

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

I’m so excited to be typing this from my brand new desk! It’s assembled and in the office, but this room is a complete disaster. So I’m going to hold you in suspense for just a little while longer. In the meantime, here’s a detailed look at what’s growing in the new garden!

Last weekend (after finishing the fence) we planted our seedlings in the raised beds.  Most of them are starting to take root and sprout new leaves, a few aren’t looking so hot, and a couple are actually missing (I blame the squirrels). But as I watch them grow, I’m beginning to hope for a bountiful harvest this summer!

Here’s what we planted…

  1. Mortgage Lifter (Heirloom) Tomatoes – Beefsteak varieties that grow to 1-2 pounds!
  2. Big Rainbow (Heirloom) Tomatoes – because they look cool
  3. Cherokee Purple (Heirloom) Tomatoes – because they look even cooler (this is definitely kid food)
  4. Supersweet 100 (Cherry) Tomatoes – Ethan swears by these…says they’re like candy
  5. Poblano Peppers
  6. Serrano Chile Peppers – we make a lot of Mexican food!
  7. Strawberries – The Chef Jeff variety claims to be “Everybearing.” I’ll be happy if we get a pint’s worth!
  8. Okra – gumbo anyone?
  9. Yellow Squash
  10. Basil – pesto, yum!
  11. Thyme
  12. Parsley
  13. Cilantro – more Mexican food
  14. Mint

And a tomato seedling….for good measure. There’s also a pathetic rosemary plant that’s somehow survived for the last couple of years, despite my neglect.

Let me just be honest. I’m a novice gardener. I’ve grown herbs in pots (thanks to an Easter gift from the in-laws a few years ago), but I’ve never grown vegetables before. Ethan’s family had a vegetable garden when he was growing up, but that’s been a while. So we have no idea what the yield is on each plant & will probably have tomatoes coming out of our ears!

Is anyone else gardening? It seems like tomatoes are the popular choice for Houston, especially since  you can grow them in containers. I’d love to know if anyone else has taken the plunge!

2 Comments to “Hoping for a Harvest”

  1. Missing plant(s) hint.
    When a plant goes missing or dies, remove that bit of potting soil from your garden, it may contain disease or insects.
    Plant from seed in that place, this will allow you to get full benefit of your garden space and all of your plants won’t be getting ripe at the same time.
    Happy gardening

    • Thanks – we’ll have to give that a try! We had more seedlings than we really needed, so I’ve been growing the extras inside…just in case. I think we’ll replace the dead/missing plants with those, but we’ll definitely replace the soil when we do.

      Thanks for reading!

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