Progress

   
Okra is getting big. 

 
The zucchini plant is actually producing. 

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Sunflowers

   
So is this a good bug or a bad bug?

   
Aren’t they pretty. I’m so glad that there are at least some flowers that I planted from seed that are blooming and surviving. But I guess there must be a reason why the state flower of Kansas is the sunflower. It’d be pretty bad if I killed sunflowers in my garden. 

Garden Update

   
 
A couple of the tomato plants that I started from seed are still growing… Severely smaller than the ones that I bought as a fail safe… Which follow. 

   
     
 
I picked the first ripe tomato yesterday. It’s small, but it was really good. 

    
Eggplant that I got half off. I hope I get at least one before the seasons over. 

 
Sunflower. The ones I ordered were Pygmy sunflowers.  I thought they were supposed to be small. Guess not. 

   
The green beans are growing nicely. 

 
A pollinator for the acorn squash plant! Yay!

My compost garden

  

This is the very first compost pile that I made last year. I just put all the kitchen scraps in it and let it go. I’m not sure what all those plants are, but some look like tomatoes and others like squash or pumpkins. I don’t know if it’s completely safe to put this on the garden yet. I still see eggshells in it. What do you think? Spread it on the garden now?

Garden goodness

   

This zucchini plant has blossoms on it. It is the one I bought from the store. The one I planted from seed has 3 leaves. 

  

A pretty good looking watermelon plant. I did plant that one from seed. 

  

Okra from seed. Not too shabby. 

One of the tomato plants. Bought it from the store. They all look good. 

    

So this is the end of the sunflower plant. Maybe the ants killed the fly. I’m not sure. They were climbing all over it. 

  

I put up some string wrapped around the fence so that the green beans had something to climb on. One of them already is taking to it. Yay. Now if only I can get the acorn squash plant to follow. 

 

Garden Fail

This is one of my tomato plants that may or may not survive. I planted at least 8 plants… twice. This is one of the leftovers. I don’t know if it will survive, but I’ll leave it just in case. I think I watered them too much possibly. Plus the lack of fertilizer probably has something to do with it. We bought some fertilizer and I think it’s helping. It has rained so much in the past month that the top of the soil is now green. My husband told me that I should turn the soil over, so I did. Hopefully it won’t rain so much anymore. This week we don’t have a huge chance of rain so that’s a welcome improvement for having three or four days of rain a week for two or three weeks. There’s still standing water in our backyard.

As a fail safe I bought some other tomato plants that were much more mature than seedlings. I bought an heirloom tomato plant (red with yellow streaks), cherry, roma, beefsteak, and another one I don’t exactly remember.

I saw this flower at the Garden center with a bee buzzing around it. I took that as a good sign and bought it in hopes that it would attract beneficial bugs to help with the garden pests.

Garden progress

   These are the best looking plants of the bunch. Watermelon. And I used old seeds too.  Pretty awesome.   Below is the second watermelon plant. I honestly didn’t think that any watermelon would come up at all. I planted about 10 seeds and these two plants came up.    

These are carrots. I planted the rest of the packet, old seeds. I didn’t think any would come up. Happy surprise.   

This is thyme. Old seeds again. I planted some last year, but it did NOT do well. I hope this continues in a good way. I use thyme a lot in my cooking.   

A green bean starting to come through. I love green beans. I hope we get loads of green beans so I can can them. 

   This is broccoli. Not too bad. I’ve never grown it before. It looks super interesting.  The kids are having fun looking in the milk jugs.