Saturday, June 4, 2011

My First Pepper Has Arrived!

The veggie garden is coming to life.  I'm so excited since this is my first vegetable garden.  I took a stroll this morning, and I found blooms on the eggplants, tomatoes, and cilantro.  My hot banana pepper is producing.  Look it's so beautiful, lol.  The plant actually has two peppers. 

This garden is trial and error for me.  I'm continually studying and making adjustments that won't disturb the plants.  I mulched the tomato plants with dried grass from the lawn this morning.  As I was doing research last night, I learned that I needed to cage my eggplants and peppers.  I'm heading out shortly to purchase a few cheap cages for them.  Ching, ching, 5 more cages.  

                           Eggplant 2 weeks ago.

     Eggplant this morning.  See the bloom in the back. 

The tomatoes are doing great.   Below is a shot of the Sweet 100.  Can't wait to pop a few of these babies in my mouth.  I eat them like grapes.  I had to add a tie to the stake this morning.  This means it's heading up the pole as Mama wants it to. 

This is a shot of my Roma tomato plant.  I'm going to can these to use in my vegetable soup and chili during the winter.  I planted an Amish Paste as well.  I'm a big fan of Amish anything, so I'm looking forward to seeing which of the two I like best for sauce. 

I decided to add pole beans this morning and red onions.  The red onions really didn't look that great when I opened the package.  I found them on clearance at Walmart.  I decided to plant them anyway and see what happens.  I had a little space on the west side of the garden, so I decided to plant green "pole" beans.  I love fresh green beans.  I had a 6 foot stake, so I drove it into the ground.  I ran lines of cotton string down the sides of the pole and staked them into the ground with a few sticks that I had laying around.  It seems pretty tight and sturdy, lol.  I'm trying to garden on a budget and using what I have around the house.  If all the seeds germinate, I should have 12 vines going up my homemade trellis.  I should get a pretty good harvest from 12 vines.  I'm hoping to can a few jars for vegetable soup this winter.  I'm sure most of them will be eaten at family gatherings over the summer.  How's your gardening going?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you're working on.  I'll come over to check it out. 


  1. Your plants are coming along nicely! I need to get some photos of my garden up. It's quite far behind yours (or any others I read about). :) I'm going to go get some shots now. You've inspired me. ;)

  2. Hi Rhonda! Welcome to the world of veggie gardening and blogging. Found your blog via
    I'm a fairly experienced gardener, but I'm still learning new stuff. Maybe you'd like to visit my blog and take a look at what I get up to? I'm always keen to find out what people in other parts of the world grow and eat.

  3. Rhonda, I updated the state of affairs in my Vegetable Garden. I'm not doing as well as you but I have a pepper, too. Isn't it crazy how excited we get with this stuff? As for seed storing, just keep them in a shoe box (I'm sure you have plenty of shoe boxes *wink*) in a cool, dark place (like a cabinet) and you should be fine. Your seeds will produce next year. No worries.