Why, very well, thank you very much! In fact, it is really coming along swimmingly. This is a photo of my butternut squash plant and the baby squash forming behind the squash blossom. The length of the squash here was about one inch long and about as thick as my pinky finger.
As one new to the joys of gardening, this being only the second year of trying to grow vegetables, there is something really magical about seeing things grow. It is akin to the wonder of watching your children grow and reach different milestones in their lives. Last year, I got my garden going a little too late, and the only thing that grew were the Chinese bitter melon that only I like to eat. Texas gets very hot quick, so we have to get the plants in the ground early in the spring to get them established so they can tolerate the heat. The tomato plants last year did not do JACK. I planted them too late and even though it is a heat loving plant, it just was too hot and I did not get A. Single. Damn. Tomato.
Anyways, here is the same plant only about a week later:
The beds are filling out. I realized, being the novice that I am, that I needed to do something about the paths. The weeds keep growing almost over the beds, and I'm always ever cautious of the snakes (yes, we have some on occasion). This winter, we plan on cutting down at least two diseased trees in our yard. At that time, I am planning on renting a wood chipper so I can then recycle the wood chips to use as a mulch cover for the paths to keep the weeds under control. But until then, I have to deal with the tall weeds in the paths that the lawn mower can't get to.
One thing I noticed since getting the large tires in the yard is how much I like them. Yes, they are ugly to look at but I really don't care about that. This backyard is not visible from the street or prying eyes of neighbors looking in, so aesthetics is not that important. What I like about them is the fact that the plants are elevated almost twice as high as the those in the wooden raised beds. That makes for easy weeding and harvesting. It is very easy on the knees if all you have to do to is bend down instead of kneeling by the bed. (I guess I'm not as young as I think I am. . .)
The. Best. Damn. Pico. De. Gallo. EVER! It was divine with some tortilla chips. My husband and I made a light lunch with just that.
All of the tomatoes I used were sort of funky looking, and I think if my garden was a commercial operation, they never would have made it to the store. But they tasted better than the ones from the store, and it really made me realize how much waste there must be in a commercial farming operation that can only sell perfect looking vegetables to the grocery stores. Food for thought, literally.
How does YOUR garden grow?