It`s the last of May and time for the plants to bloom and the seed to pop out and show me they will be giving food soon.
I started seed for tomatoes and bell pepper in the house back in January and February because I know that here in central Alabama the last frost comes early and I can get the plants in the garden area and producing for me sooner than some.
I slacked way back this year on what I sowed seed for because I will not be able to handle the entire field full of produce to home can, freeze and just eat and enjoy. I do not have a root cellar, yet.
About two weeks ago I bought tomato cages when I noticed the plants blooming and getting leggy.
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And this is what the tomatoes are doing now, its amazing that in just a few weeks the plants are already giving me tomatoes.
The yellow squash and the zucchini squash are both getting their second leaves, the ruffles. What many do not know if that most spring squash grow very fast! And in just a couple more weeks I should have those vegetables to enjoy.
The cucumbers have popped up and as you can see they have their small round leaved with the ruffle edge beginning to show, this year because I have a tight planted garden I may make a small fence to allow the cucumbers to run up and on, just so they do not invade the other plants.
And the best for last. Yes I do love my okra. It was planted last week and now they are popping up, okra grows slower than most all of the other vegetables and I will have a summer crop all the way till the first freeze. But okra is well worth the wait to me.
A few weeks ago I mowed over the "greens" bed, it was strange how they grew. They were planted late last fall but the drought kept them from coming up, in December we began to get rain again and they came up and grew ever so slow all winter, I only got a couple meals and then in spring they bloomed and went to seed, well there were huge turnips so I left one spot for the fresh harvest of those.
I guess God wanted me to have more kale so it came back with not one insect on it. I picked a small mess and I am having it for dinner today.
I will always express how wonderful it is to walk outside and pick dinner fresh out of the yard.
What else is in the garden? Jalapeno peppers, sweet banana peppers, sweet green bell peppers and eggplant that are still growing, some with blooms.
This year, if its Gods will, I will made and stock up home canned pickled peppers, squash relish, pickled okra and all types of pickles. Ketchup, tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce besides stewed tomatoes.
What is your plan for the vegetables and fruits in your garden?
By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry