A Growing Vegetable Garden

After building our new monster garden bed (at least I thought it was monster size until our vegetables started spilling over the edges) I couldn’t wait to get my starts planted.  I spent months with my little seeds all lined up under a grow light in the garage, and with the delay of summer they were all outgrowing their little cups.  I was thrilled when it finally started to get warmer and I was able to plant them outside!

Last year, I had a bad year with seeds.  Nothing grew.  So this year I was really excited.  I picked my favorite northwest staples – peas, tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and pumpkin, and intended on lettuce but it just never happened.

{Snap Peas}

My favorite part of having a vegetable garden is watching how the vegetable forms.  With each new vegetable I plant, I guess where and how the vegetable will form.  I’ve never been much of a gardener, and I certainly never paid attention, so I might just sound totally naive, but I swear it’s like magic!  Very exciting stuff!  Each plant is a little different, but I still marvel at how they start with a little flower, and then as the flower dies away and shrivels up, a little fruit or vegetable appear.

{Tomatoes}

Each morning this summer, I wake up, get coffee, and wander around my garden.  And yes, it’s only 1 bed so I am sure that my neighbors must just wonder what on earth I am doing.  I seriously just circle it with coffee in hand examining each plant to check it’s progress.  I feel like a farmer studying the crops of his farm making sure it will be a good harvest…when in reality I just got a few zucchini, 4 ears of corn, about 75 snap peas, and a few dozen tomatoes.  I take note though about how to replant everything next year so I don’t block out the other zucchini and pumpkin with the tall corn stalks.  Should have been a no brainer, I know…but again, I am new at this!

{Pumpkin and Zucchini}

I thought the corn was pretty fascinating.  The stocks are just leaves, and then at the top they grow a tassel (which is male, obvi!: )  And then over a few weeks, the pollen from the tassels falls/blows off and lands where the large leaves meet the stock, and then suddenly the corn starts to emerge.  And turns out the ear is female!  Who knew?

{Corn}

Next year when we add the second bed, I will definitely be adding some new vegetables that I have never grown before.  Broccoli is on the top of my list!

Does anyone have suggestions for other fun plant to vegetable transformations?

4 thoughts on “A Growing Vegetable Garden

  1. Shandra says:

    Em! I loved reading about your garden. I had those same feelings of wonder as I watched our plants grow and turn into things that we could eat! Some of my favorite plant-to-vegetable transformations were artichokes, onions and, fennel. We got starts for all of these from Severin’s garden so I am not sure how they would do from seed, but someone is doing it! You have inspired me to try seeds next summer.

  2. Beth Morris says:

    This is great Em – thanks for sharing your blog and I am excited to check back and see what fun projects you’re working on! – Beth

  3. Jenn says:

    Your garden is beautiful! My spring garden was great, but my summer plantings didn’t fare so well. I’m thinking of planting some more cooler weather veggies for the fall. I LOVE harvesting and eating what I’ve grown. Such a cool feeling :)

    • betterremade says:

      Thanks! Yeah, some of them didn’t do so well this summer. My fingers are crossed that the 20 tomatoes that are left will still ripen! Thanks for checking out my page, I am a big fan of your blog! Loved your entry redo!

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