Monday, May 1, 2017


We've decided to keep a picture record of the garden progress this season so at the first of every month, I'll take a picture from the same angle.  

Raised bed garden before
Here is how it started in early March.  
Cleaned out and ready to go...

Raised bed garden after
Here is is today, growing beautifully!

Herb bed
We have herbs and were able to harvest a few for use this week.

Okra raised bed
Okra is starting to pick up now that it's a bit warmer but it still has a ways to go.  Once the hot temps get here, it will explode like last Summer.  

Covered in blooms, should be a bumper crop again this year, times two this time around!

Zucchini is getting HUGE!  And of course squash blossoms all over.  We guess this is why gardeners are sick of zucchini by the end of the season? ha! 
We hope we have that trouble.  2nd Man is excited to do some cooking (zucchini bread here we come!)

First tomatoes
And we have our first tomatoes of the season!  The other plant in the bed (a different variety) has blossoms on it as well.  

There are eggplants coming in!  Three or four little fruits on each plant.

Cucumber trellis
And speaking of prolific, the cukes on the trellis are COVERED in blooms and tiny cucumbers...

Cucumber raised bed
Did we say big?  Yep, it's flowing out of the raised bed like a river of cucumber vine!  Not sure what to do, I was thinking of maybe getting something to elevate this part off the ground so maybe we'll end up with the most possible.  

We are 100% satisfied with the garden this year.  After some seasons of hits and misses, we may have just found the method that works for us.  We'll see!!


Rain said...

Oh my, look at your HERBS!!! I love it. Your garden looks so great. I think it's a wonderful idea to photograph the progress, I'm doing the same. I also keep a daily photo journal of our backyard, so we can refer back for weather information! It's nice to see your plants growing so well, and so early from my neck of the woods!! :)

Anne in the kitchen said...

I am sitting here envying all the potential fresh off the vine cucumbers. Yum!

Mum said...


Gary v said...

Wow that is the neatest looking garden I've seen you should be proud! Gary V

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you do this part time and you're getting those results. that's amazing!!!! You should write a book ha. Kelly

Texas Rose said...

Your garden is so beautiful! Great idea to keep a photographic record of it. It’s amazing how much and how quickly it changes.

1st Man said...

We take pics for the blog of course but this time we're going to take one regularly from the same spot. Should be fun to look back at when the season is over. Weather info is great too. Thanks for that idea.

1st Man said...

It'll be a first for us. We'll see how it works out!

1st Man said...

Thank you!

1st Man said...

Aww, thanks for that. We are proud, it's been a journey and still a work in progress but so far so good.

1st Man said...

I don't know about that, ha, but thank you! Yep, only there for now on the weekends and so far so good!

1st Man said...

It changes quickly, especially when we only see it weekly. Fingers (and toes, ha) crossed!

SmartAlex said...

No matter how hard you try to discipline your cucumbers, some of them will always end up on the ground. I wouldn't worry about it too much because they are on clean mat not wet muddy soil.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Your raised garden beds are really doing well. I love how organized you have everything. May I suggest placing a feed lot panel with T-posts on the one side of your cucumber bed up against the red trellis, this will extend your trellis for additional vine growth. You may have to redirect the vines on the ground.

1st Man said...

Well, that's a good point about being on the weedblock fabric is much different than just laying on the ground. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

It's taken some time (and much trial AND error) but I think we're almost there on this weekend gardening thing, ha. I LOVE the idea of the feedlot panel and t-posts. I think we already have some of those. Thank you!!!