Loma Linda has been experiencing some serious heat mixed with a few rainy days, which means my vegetable garden has been flourishing. This was my first real garden experience and I was really excited to plant vegetables. When my parents were here the first weekend in February we turned over some dirt patches and bought some fertilizer and a few plants. The first weekend of March I planted everything and now I am experiencing growth in my garden! How exciting!
I would have loved to plant even more vegetables but I don’t have a ton of dirt area that gets good sunlight so I had to limit the garden size. But I am growing tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, squash, carrots, bell peppers and herbs.
I’m growing three types of tomatoes, which I’m super excited about. I’m growing the “Big Beef” tomatoes, campari tomatoes and then the little grape yellow tomatoes. All three types are starting to produce so we should have a few tomatoes in not too long.
I’m also growing green beans and couldn’t believe how quickly they started growing. I’ve already picked one small bunch of them last week and there are more that need to get picked today. Fresh green beans from the garden are one of my favorite vegetables to eat and if we get an abundance I’ll probably try canning some this summer.
In the backyard I have two squash plants growing and the blossoms are already popping up like crazy!
I’ve also got carrots growing although I’m not totally sure why I decided on carrots. Next year I think I’ll grow cucumber instead.
In the front yard I have my zucchini growing. I’ve got one large plant just starting to bloom and two smaller plants. I was told I was a little insane to grow three zucchini plants because of how much they produce but I am okay with that and am looking forward to a bounty of zucchini this summer! I took this picture last week and the leaves are already way larger and today there is a huge yellow blossom and several zucchini already growing.
I’ve also got an artichoke plant growing and the plant is huge! I’m growing it on the left side of my house where the morning sun hits but gets a lot of shade in the afternoon and evening. I was told it was an easy plant to grow in the shade and it’s grown about 10 times the size of how big it was when I bought it. I absolutely love steamed artichokes dipped in hot garlicky butter so I am so excited to see how many artichokes I can get off of this plant.
My herb garden is also beginning to grow quickly and now I’m starting to wonder why I wanted to plant so much Dill. I should probably learn how to make canned pickles!
Happy Spring/Almost Summertime everyone!