Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Garden Plants 2014

We've added a few vegetable plants to our garden this year -- a first for us. I've grown herbs in the garden, but never vegetables. Well, I take that back. I did try growing a cherry tomato plant once in a container, but it produced only a few tomatoes. I don't think that counts. 

Over the Memorial Day weekend, while we were at Home Depot, I suddenly got the urge to start a mini vegetable garden. In addition to basil, I purchased two cherry tomato, one cucumber and one bell pepper plant. At the strawberry fields, where we picked a few gallons of berries, I bought four Roma tomato plants. I have no idea if any of them will produce much (I don't sound too hopeful, do I), but it doesn't hurt to try.

Below are photos taken one week after planting. Fingers crossed, we'll be harvesting a few veggies before the summer is over, and plenty of basil to make fresh pesto.
 sweet basil

 Husky Cherry Red tomato 

 Roma tomato 

 Petite bell pepper

 cucumber

The dahlia is growing quickly. I can't wait for it to start blooming!

We also bought two new hibiscus plants this year, one red and one yellow and red (below). Aren't they spectacular? These flowers make me want to jet off to someplace exotic.

So tell me, what's new in your garden this year?

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  1. Fabulous, flamboyant Hibiscus!
    We are only just getting our new garden knocked into shape here, (only moved in late last year).
    We are busy dividing up the floral side from the business end, ie Veggie garden.
    Have so far built the garden divide, erected a glasshouse, seating arbor and have a couple of raised beds all planted up. Still a long way to go :)

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  2. That is the most beautiful hibiscus I've EVER seen!

    Growing veggies is no bigy; just water, make sure they're in full sun and sit back and wait :) A little compost goes a long way, too.

    S
    xo

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  3. Wow - your dahlias look like shrubs!! What did you feed them? :) And the hibiscus - hot, hot, hot!!! xo

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    1. Thanks, Loi. My husband gives the dahlias some Miracle Grow when they start to bloom, but that's about it. This particular plant has tripled in size since he relocated it from another spot in the garden a couple of years ago. It obviously loves its new location.
      Claudia

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  4. This is the time of year when herbs abound in my garden. Yesterday I made a salad with quinoa, edamame, sugar snap peas, pomegranate, and baby spinach, and into that I added a handful each of cilantro (coriander), basil, and mint. Flavors galore! It was just summer in one bowl.

    Aside from the herbs, I'm trying a new tomato this year. A friend turned me onto this breed - it's called a German Johnson, and they're supposed to be extremely flavorful. I can't wait. I asked our gardener, a VERY experienced local, and he agreed that the German Johnson is nice, but to also try the Cherokee Purple. It sounds gorgeous and delicious, so now I'm going back to the Farmer's Market to find it!

    Good luck with your veg plot this year, Claudia. It is always so rewarding to eat something you've grown. And tasty! I've never tried making a pesto before, but you've inspired me to try. Oh, and do you know the best benefit of growing basil? When it goes to seed the goldfinches love it! Bonus!

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    1. Oh Sheila, that salad sounds scrumptious! I love quinoa. Good luck with your tomato plants. Already two of our Roma plants have died, and I'm going to remove them this evening. They didn't look very healthy when we bought them from the strawberry farm (I shouldn't have felt obligated to buy them, but I did). The cherry tomato plants are doing nicely, as are the cucumber and pepper. Check out the recipe for pesto that I put on the blog last July. It's easy and delicious!
      Claudia

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  5. Thanks Claudia for this wonderful post. I have mainly flowers, but I do have a small grow box in the back yard where I try tomatoes every summer. They have never done well, for various reasons. This year I planted a few bush tomato plants and they are doing well...so far so good! I just love the pictures of your hibiscus, just beautiful! Actually, all of your pictures are perfect...you should be a professional photographer! Very inspiring to me :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda! You are too kind. I hope your tomatoes do well this year.
      Claudia

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  6. Lovely garden! We recently moved into this house (our fourth and FINAL!), so I have a blank canvas for gardening. However, our main focus has been indoor renovations and updating. We did plant some daylilies and some container annuals. And I have a potted hydrangea I will plant as well. But I have big plans for our garden area!

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    1. Hi Ellen. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Good luck with your renovations!
      Claudia

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  7. The hibiscus is gorgeous! I'm jealous of your veggies. We have so many rabbits I don't bother even trying.

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  8. Great plants, Claudia. That dahlia is something, hope you get lots of blooms. Good luck with your veggies and herbs. I grow herbs in a planter every year and used to grown tomatoes in pots for years until we lost the proper amount of sunlight on our side porch in my Ohio garden. The key to our success was guano. Have you every used it? I had some cherry tomato plants one summer that grew so large they passed the 6' stake in the pot. A service person once knocked on our door and asked me how I got them so tall. We told him about the bat guano! Here is a link if you are interested
    http://www.bettervegetablegardening.com/guano-fertilizer.html.

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    1. Bat guano! Who would've thought?! That's interesting. I'll have to check it out.
      Claudia

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  9. Do you leave the dahlias in the ground all winter? I always had to dig them up when we lived up North, but have left them in here…even last winter. And this spring they are gorgeous! I cut back/off all extraneous stems so mine never look that full, but yours is gorgeous. And yes, they do like a lot of food!
    We're trying tomato plants this year for the first time in maybe 10 years: so here's hoping!

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    1. Yes, Libby, we leave our dahlia and irises in the ground year-round. They miniature irises didn't bloom last year, but this year we had pretty flowers. My husband fed them so that probably made the difference. Our white dahlia is not growing as quickly as the orange plant, so it might be time to dig up and reposition that plant. Good luck with your tomatoes!
      Claudia

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