One of my great joys is eating the fruits of my labor from the backyard garden. I've always had garden help from a roommate, but the woman with the garden knowledge moved out this year, and I was on my own.
All excuses aside, I did manage to get a lot of plants in the ground over spring break.
This year, the strawberry patch really took off. It's huge, and I imagine I'll have to take action to prevent it from spreading out any further. I think I'll be thinning it out later in the summer, and trying to put something under the berries so they don't rot.
Remarkably, the raspberry and blueberry bushes I planted in the fall put out a couple berries. I intended to eat them, but some scoundrel of an animal got a full belly before I did.
Anywho, in the picture above, you can see my mistake...I planted about 5 zucchini plants. They are so cute when they are seedlings! You just don't realize how many zucchini they are going to produce. At first it was fun looking at all the shapes and sizes.
My next challenge hasn't really been photographed yet. I let the tomatoes rot into the garden last year thinking it would help refresh the soil. Unfortunately, they re-seeded themselves and made new baby tomato plants!
I did a seed and seedling swap with a friend, so I already had three tomato plants going into the spring. Unfortunately, I ended up with about 20 or so plants. Obviously they don't all fit in my small garden plot, but I just couldn't bear to kill them.
I was only able to find homes for 3-4 plants, so I put a few in pots and left the rest in the ground. The garden is insane right now.
I'm guessing I'll have between 200-500 cherry tomatoes all at once. My mother has promised to teach me the art of home canning. My first canning recipe is a zucchini tomato salsa. Surprise, surprise!