Veg Watch: they aren’t little seedlings anymore!

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We are growing lots of food here at the Dandelion Wrangler!
In our second year growing edibles and with the introduction of the back patch. We have been able to devote more space in these raised beds for a larger variety of plants. More room to experiment, with planting patterns and spacing issues.

Generally, I’m just trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing.
So far I’m feeling good about this year. I already see some things I’ll do differently next year. But right now, in this moment, everything is looking good!

The peas are growing strong, shooting straight up the trellis! I am looking forward to this harvest most of all!
The Lettuce is getting much bigger. Some of the seedling I transplanted a few weeks back have been taken by our recent terrible weather. Although the majority of them are thriving! I love this red leaf lettuce. It not only taste good, but it looks good too!
Other greens are also looking pretty tasty these days.
The Cucumbers have strengthened. The result of pounding rain and winds, I guess.
The Swiss Chard that we planted last week is sprouting. I love their colour! What contrast!Still in the same raised bed, the Burgundy Bean are growing well. We are not the only one’s who’ve noticed. Someone has been chomping on it’s leaves. Note to self: must get copper tape.
The Asparagus has sent out a few small spears to claim their space. . This is a veg I can get excited about! I love asparagus! I’m already envisioning a nice steak (sorry vegetarians, I’m a meat girl!) with some lightly sauteed Asparagus spears. Mmmmmmmm! The Globe Artichokes seem to have taken well with their new homes.
The Pineapple Sage will be flowering any day. What a delicious herb! The smell is divine!
The carrots seem to be growing well. I can already tell. I should have seeded more. Is it too late. Can I still direct sow for summer crops of carrots? Anyone wiser know?The California Bell Pepper, and red Pepper are still growing, although they look like they miss the sun. (Pssst, me too!)In one of the barrel planters I was happy to see this little seedling is still with us. After a few major storms rolled in over the past while, it had fallen over. It didn’t look good for this tiny tomato plant. Still I brushed off the dirt, helped it up and then crossed my fingers.

Tada! I think it looks bigger than when I last saw it.
The larger tomato plants didn’t need the same superstitious finger crossing. These plants have seen most of springs wicked winds and rain. It has made them only stronger, more determined. From the looks of it a few of the plants are about to start flowering.Some of the annual seeds that the kids planted are growing .
They are thrilled. Substantial progress! It’s such fun to watch them, watch their seedlings grow. Such a mix of wonder, awe, and serious excitement!
So that’s what going on in the raised beds this week. Stay tuned this weekend for a follow up post on the back patch and all things growing back there!

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10 comments on “Veg Watch: they aren’t little seedlings anymore!

  1. Marguerite on said:

    That's a huge crop of veggies and such a selection! Artichokes and chard – how do you get your kids to eat them?

  2. Laura on said:

    @Marguerite I haven't yet. Both are new to the veg beds this year. I'm open to recipes? As for the Artichokes, my plan is to introduce it as a topping on pizza. Mmmmmm. What kid could say no?

  3. Everything looks so happy and healthy. I love watching my veggies grow. We are finally getting warm here (been a very cool spring) and now they seem like they are growing before my eyes. The space is finally filling in.

  4. Rebecca @ In The Garden on said:

    Hey Laura, thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your vegetables look great and I love your gardening sign. I also have 3 little ones and a fair bit of my time is spent changing diapers. I totally agree about gardening being kind of like a disease…:) Rebecca

  5. Laura on said:

    @Kat it amazing how fast they grow when the weather changes. @Rebecca @ In the Garden those kiddo's keep us on our toes don't they. Thanks for visiting!

  6. Mike on said:

    "(sorry vegetarians, I'm a meat girl!) " – it's okay, we like you as you are…faults and all 🙂

  7. Laura on said:

    @Mike I'm defrosting steaks right now! Wha Ha Ha! 😉

  8. Heather on said:

    Will this rain ever end. Yes, you can plant carrots through to July. If this weather ever clears up I plant to put another row in myself. I find West Coast Seeds website really helpful for growing guidelines. http://www.westcoastseeds.com/

  9. Linda on said:

    Your veggies are looking great! You're going to be busy eating and canning all that produce. Hope the fun and excitement continues for your kids.

  10. Laura on said:

    @Heather I love West Coast seeds. Thanks for the linky! And no, this October weather doesn't seem to be going away any time soon.@Linda I'm looking forward to harvest. hopefully the kids will be as adventurous with eating these new veggies as they were in planting them!

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