2015’s First Update in Pictures

Between a few days before our last post and today, things have been hustling and bustling in the garden! (Well…when we’re not at work, that is.) We’ve managed to get everything in the ground that needs to be there, whether seed or seedling, and that means it’s time for this year’s first update in pictures! Granted, you’re just going to see a lot of dirt below as we’re still very much in that nervous phase of wondering if the new seedlings will take and/or if the new seeds will germinate. Some things are coming in all fine and dandy! While some things are taking their sweet, ol’ time with the growing. And some things…well…let’s just say that the squirrels and birds are already making their presence in the garden known, and unhappily so. But, we shall persevere, as we always have, and so to shall the plants that don’t get end up being pawed or chomped out of existence. (Good thing we have plenty of extra seeds and some seedlings!) Without further ado, it’s on with the update!

Starting off, we have the strawberries. which are flowering quite nicely. In year's past we've placed cherry tomatoes in this bed, but not this year. This year we're just letting the strawberry do its thing.
Starting off, we have the strawberries. which are flowering quite nicely. In years past we’ve placed cherry tomatoes in this bed, but not this year. This year we’re just letting the strawberry do its thing.
Next, on the side of the house, we have the "side bed." More strawberries, tomatillos, cabbage, and endive are all going. Excpet that a few of the tomatillo and cabbage seedlings  already died off. In their place are several varieties of peppers.
Next, on the side of the house, we have the “side bed.” More strawberries, tomatillos, cabbage, and endive are all here…almost. A few of the tomatillo and cabbage seedlings died off after just a couple days. 😦 In their places are several varieties of peppers.
In the first stone bed, we've got tomatoes, peppers, asparagus (the bushy stalks off to the right) and TONS of marigolds that are coming up from last year. We're letting them go for now with plans to thin them in a couple weeks.
In the first stone bed, we’ve got tomatoes, peppers, asparagus (the bushy stalks surrounded by bricks off to the right) and TONS of marigolds (all those random green clumps) that are coming up from last year. We’re letting them go for now with plans to thin them in a couple weeks.
In the second stone bed, all is quiet with tomatoes, carrots, and monds holding zuchinni and other squash seeds. No signs of green here yet, except from the tomatoes.
In the second stone bed, all is quiet with tomatoes, carrots, and mounds holding zucchini and other squash seeds. No signs of green here yet, except from the tomatoes.
At the back of the house are our plastic barrels, each with alternative peppers and tomatoes.
At the back of the yard are our plastic barrels, each with alternative peppers and tomatoes.
Coming back round, we have the wood barels at the heads of the stone beds, replete with teensy ground cherries surrounded by a ring of radishes (we hope!)
Coming back round, we have the wood barrels at the heads of the stone beds, replete with teensy ground cherries in the centers surrounded by a ring of radishes (we hope!)
Bush beans and a lone row of cucumbers (far left) take up the far side of our longest garden bed.
Bush beans and a lone row of cucumbers (far left) take up the far side of our longest garden bed. And that lovely hole dead center? We can “thank” the squirrels for that. Grrrrr….
In the center of the long bed we have mounds of pole beans at the front with rows of sunflowers and corn at the back.
In the center of the long bed we have mounds of pole beans at the front with rows of sunflowers and corn at the back.
More bush beans take up the other side of the stone bed.
More bush beans take up the other side of the long bed. The row that you see with plants — pinto beans! We can’t believe how soon they made a showing.  Actually, we have the promise of several bean varieties over here.
What's in raised bed #1? More beans and peas, along with a small section of broccoli bottom right. (The jury's out on whether or not the seedlings will survive.)
What’s in raised bed #1? More beans and peas, along with a small section of broccoli bottom right. (The jury’s out on whether or not the seedlings will survive.)
In raised bed #2, we have so many greens! They bulk of these reseeded from last year and we've been enjoying the lovely spinach (2 plants, center) that came back.
In raised bed #2, we have so many greens! They bulk of these reseeded from last year and we’ve been enjoying the lovely spinach (2 plants, center) that came back.
In raised bed #3 are two rows of peas and two rows of cucumbers. No signs of life yet.
In raised bed #3 are two rows of peas and two rows of cucumbers. No signs of life yet.
In raised bed #4 is okra, kale, and arugula. Again, were' on seedling watch here. If things don't make it, we'll be planting new seeds soon.
In raised bed #4 is okra, kale, and arugula. Again, we’re on seedling watch here. If things don’t make it, we’ll be planting new seeds soon.
And finally, moving to the porch, we have our planter beds with herbs. In this one is cilantro and stevia.
And finally, moving to the porch, we have our planter beds with herbs. In this one is cilantro (left) and stevia (right).
And finally, taking up the other planters is basil. Lots and LOTS o' basil!
And finally, taking up the other planters is basil. Lots and LOTS o’ basil for lots and LOTS o’ pizza!

Tis enough pictures for one day, no? Now it’s onto watering and waiting!

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