May Garden Update

It feels so good to have everything growing! Check out my little 4’x4′ square! The tomatoes are getting huge!

Square Foot Garden

Here are the jalapeno sprouts, turning into real plants. . . not to mention my brandywine heirloom tomatoes. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into those!

Jalapenos Heirloom Brandywine Tomatoes

My patio tomato plant already has a green tomato!

Green Patio Tomato

The bibb lettuce is starting to look less like sprouts and more like lettuce . . .

Bibb Lettuce

Which the bugs obviously see too, because four of my eight look have been munched by roly polys. Yes, they are only supposed to eat dead stuff, but apparently every now and then they get a hankering for new baby plants. I caught them in the act of eating these. They won’t munch the older ones. Thankfully, Mindy suggested diatomaceous earth as an organic pest control. It seems to be working as long as I keep it applied.

Munched Bibb Lettuce

And my poor bell peppers . . . I can’t figure out what’s going on with them. They look sad. I can’t find any pests. . . Hoping they will rebound soon.

Bell Pepper

But my zucchini isn’t sad. I’m counting on this sucker overproducing. I’m rounding up the zucchini recipes in anticipation!


And how beautiful are these? I’ve been clipping them and putting them in a vase every couple of days. They just keep blooming and blooming!


My hanging herb garden is doing really well. Check out the sage!


And the mint is loving it! I keep hacking into it and it just keeps growing back.


The lettuce has seen better days. . . I think the heat got to it. But the thyme and lavender are blooming and doing awesome!

Lettuce is Done Thyme Lavender

The basil is a little chomped on, but I’m trying diatomaceous earth to fend off whatever is eating it. I need to make pesto. NEED.


And finally, a few new additions. I got these from Spring Hill Nursery because they had a $20 off any order if you enter the coupon code 414217, you just pay shipping. Shipping was $7.95 for me and I paid nothing for the plants. The offer might still be going on, you should check it out. On the left is an olive tree and on the right is a dormant thornless blackberry bush. I’ve got to get a trellis to put in the pot so it will have somewhere to climb!

Olive Tree Blackberry Plant

I love watching my little plants grow. I have a feeling this is the beginning of an addiction. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Sheri
    Posted May 5, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Elizabeth – your garden is beautiful!!! And the sunshine is gorgeous too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Homemade pesto is di-vine!

    Couple of questions though, as we’re finally entering into planting season, maybe you can provide some guidance. We bought two of the 4 x4 garden kits – do you feel that one will produce a lot, or do you wish you had scaled upward a little bit?

    How much sun does your garden get? How about your herbs?

    Thanks for letting everyone know about the organic pest control!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted May 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I certainly wish I had a little more room! I’m pretty certain I’ll be getting another raised bed in the fall… I am running out of room in the 4’x4′!

      My raised bed gets pretty close to full sun minus a bit of morning sun that our tree blocks… The herbs get full sun until about halfway up the shoe rack, the top is almost full shade (morning sun) and it gradiates to full sun. I placed the herbs based on their light requirements, the sage and mint getting the least sun at the top…

  2. Posted May 5, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    your plants/garden looks great! don’t you hate when something eats on a plant?

    it is addicting! my husband is building 2 new beds this weekend i think! sweet potatoes and eggplant are going in and maybe we’ll try some okra since like the eggplant and sweet potatoes they love the houston heat!

  3. Posted May 6, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow this looks amazing – you must have had some good weather there. We’re still getting the occasional snow flurry here!

    On the 21st we’re moving into our new place and our first garden! So I’m soaking up all the ideas and advice I can get. Great to see your bed worked well.

    Have a lovely day,

  4. Posted May 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    i forgot to ask what kind of flowers those were?

    • Elizabeth
      Posted May 6, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I guess I forgot to mention that, didn’t I! They are roses but I don’t know what kind. They were here when we moved!

  5. Posted May 9, 2010 at 12:17 am | Permalink | Reply

    just LOVE IT!! those veggies and herbs are just gorgeous! that is so fun!!

  6. Posted May 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Your garden is beautiful! A little jealous here. I had to pull out my pepper plants because they barely grew an inch and any blossoms on it died or were eaten before becoming a pepper. My tomato plants are growing but also having the same issue with the blossoms. Going to give them a bit longer before yanking them out. My basil is also being eaten by something. Not sure what it is. It’s also eating a lot of my other plants too…..hmmm. New house, new garden, new things to figure out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Elizabeth
      Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! You’ll figure out your garden in your new location.

  7. cooperella
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    oh YAY!! I’m sorry it took me so long to see this! I am in the process of battling a pest infestation, so I understand your frustration with unhappy peppers. I looked it up in my garden bible (Howard Garret’s “Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening”) and he seems to think that your peppers may have a fungus or bacteria – you can try treating it by adding cornmeal to your soil.

    What kind of flowers are the pinks? They’re gorgeous!

    • Elizabeth
      Posted May 12, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Cornmeal, eh? I will have to try that! They’re starting to look a little bit better – there’s some new foliage now but it’s still a little crinkly. I’ll try the cornmeal tomorrow. I need to get that book – it sounds helpful!

      The pinks are roses! They just finished their first round of blooms and I deadheaded them all. I’m hoping that they will go for another round of blooms sometimes soon.

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