|Cucumbers at 48 hours|
|Heirloom tomatoes at day 3|
|Cucumbers again, at day 3|
|Tomatoes day 5|
|Here's the larger lid - Day 5|
|Day 5, (left to right) 1-2 = mortgage lifter heirloom tomatoes, 3-4 black krim tomatoes, 5 = sweet pepper carnival mix, 6-7 cucumber, 8-9 pumpkin on a stick, 10-12 coleus (the cat snuck into these before I could get any growth so bare with me)|
Since our weather has been so inconsistent, it's been hard to really notice any significant growth outside, but we have had a couple days of rain so everything looks very lush at the moment. Hopefully the temperature drops are behind us. I will post more pictures again soon, but to keep us inspired, I have pulled some photos off the interweb. Note, they are not mine, but merely photographs that keep me motivated. We'll start with the coleus; I absolutely adore them in containers but don't want to spend a ton of money on them this year. As pictured above, I have approximately 18 of them. I'm growing the wizard mix so hopefully they will look like this:
And, for those who aren't familiar with Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomatoes (rookies...):
I kid... I had no idea what they were myself, but I wanted to grow some heirloom tomatoes and these looked killer. (The movie reference was completely coincidental, however, ridiculously cool of me. *buffs her nails*) These Black Krim are just so tasty, I couldn't pass them up.
|Black Krim tomato|
From left to right, pictured above name each one. They're the varieties I currently have, so this shouldn't be terribly difficult. Whoever is the first to guess them correctly will win something. I'm not sure what, but I promise it will be something cool! You can submit your answers via the comments section or directly to my email address. WOO HOO!
|Sugar baby watermelons|
|Summer squash - as big as I can only hope for|
|Sweet pepper carnival|
|Yellow pear tomatoes|
I should only be so lucky to have my garden grow as well as these pictures.
I have been wanting to build some raised beds on the northeast side of my backyard (because it gets a good amount of sun at the very edge near the road) and since I participate on Freecycle.org, I was keeping my eyes peeled for anything that could be repurposed. I found someone who had torn down their fence so in 2 trips I filled up the van with as much as I could. First, I pulled all the nails out. Then I sorted the different sizes. About $20 worth of screws and $5 worth of 2x6's (for support) later, I have 3 finished. These are about 5.5'x3.5'. I was toying with the idea of adding a lip on the top, but since the wood is old, I don't trust it to hold. Sans-lip will suffice. They were very simple and I love the "shabby chic" look of 'em. I'm going to build a few more - 3.5'x3.5' and hope to use one for a water garden. Anyways, have a look. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave me some feedback. Thanks for reading!