hel's hideaway

For my 2012 birthday, friends donated to a remodeling project for me to have my own little hideaway in the backyard. Updates on hideaway projects, including backyard gardening, will be posted here!

In keeping with my late gardening start, there are some new sweet pea plants in the garden. The plants gotjusttall enough to start grabbing onto things so I fabricated a trellis out of twine this past weekend.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so I just made it up as I went along. I used half hitch, double half hitch, and slip knots to create this:

Looking forward to seeing if this works!

I dove into gardening kind of late into the year (April/May), so my harvest season is just getting started. We’ve had a pretty regular supply of salad greens for the past month which has been amazing, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of other veggies in the garden.

Fresh zucchini is incredible. Juicy, sweet, crisp! And broccolini cut from the stem - delicious!

Here’s a pic of an enormous zucchini, first cuts of broccolini, and gigantic broccoli leaf (batteries are in the pic for size perspective).

At first, Lucy was interested in the zucchini.

And then I tried to fan her with a broccoli leaf.

She was not amused by the time I showed her the broccoli.

First harvest of cherry tomatoes and mystery pepper!

Cherry tomatoes right off the vine taste like little balls of sugar!

It’s been about a month since the last update on the garden boxes. Since then, there’s been some MAJOR growth explosion - which is good because I was starting to get really frustrated with having a yard full of tiny plants. I stopped obsessively checking for caterpillars and slugs because I just wasn’t finding that many. Turns out, the plants turned out ok! To help them along, I put a nice layer of organic compost (thanks to the city’s free organic compost!) on top of all the plant beds about 1.5 weeks ago.

Zucchini blossoms started to show up recently and…

…tiny zucchinis are here!

Also, the cherry tomatoes and the black russian heirloom tomatoes are starting to come in!

The peppers are thrilled to have all the extra space in their new pot.

And ever since the first lettuce harvest, we’ve had a regular supply of delicious, sweet, crisp lettuce and delicious, spicy, crisp arugula. Amazing! And I think it might be time to start harvesting the collards and kale. Yay!

The money shot.

The yellow pear tomato plant next to the greens box got trampled by Lucy (our dog) a few weeks ago and I have been trying to save it. Cross your fingers that it makes it through the ordeal and starts fruiting!