Mrs. O Grows

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July 14, 2013 by drandmrso

A garden, that is. It started back in March with some indoor seedlings.

Starting from seed!

Starting from seed!

That, for the most part, actually did sprout!

I think that was a pepper plant...maybe.

I think that was a pepper plant…maybe.

I kept them inside a few weeks longer than originally planned because we had a crazy snowy cold spring. But eventually, the surviving seedlings (plus three store-bought tomato plants from a nursery) made it into the two raised beds in our backyard.

Looked pretty bare at first. The tomato plants added the most interest for a while.

Looked pretty bare at first. The tomato plants added the most interest for a while.

Things got off to a pretty decent start! Especially the mustard greens and spinach, which I started from seed directly in the garden beds.

Mustard greens just coming up!

Mustard greens just coming up!

But now that it’s been a few weeks, things are really taking off!

So green! And living!

So green! And living!

Highlights of Bed 1 are my Painted Pony beans, purple tomatoes, and carrots:

Painted Pony Heirloom Organic variety from Burpee. Started from seed directly in the soil.

Painted Pony Heirloom Organic variety from Burpee. Started from seed directly in the soil.

A purple heirloom variety, but I unfortunately forgot the name. Started as a plant from a nursery.

A purple heirloom tomato variety, but I unfortunately forgot the exact name. Started as a plant from a nursery.

Zanahoria Short 'n Sweet Organic carrot variety from Burpee. Started from seed directly in the soil.

Zanahoria Short ‘n Sweet Organic carrot variety from Burpee. Started from seed directly in the soil.

But Bed 2 is where the really unexpected drama is happening.

Bed 2, suffering from hostile takeover.

Bed 2, suffering from hostile takeover.

Did you notice that middle section of the bed there? That looks like it’s been totally overrun by something large and leafy? Well, that would be my cucumber plant. It is literally taking over the garden bed.

Thriving, that's for sure.

Thriving, that’s for sure.

I even had to rescue one of my sweet corn stalks from assassination:

The little light green strings are cucumber suckers trying to take out a nearby corn plant. Oh, the humanity!

The little light green strings are cucumber suckers trying to take out a nearby corn plant. Oh, the inhumanity!

Elsewhere in Bed 2, my watermelon plants seem to be doing OK, but I don’t see any fruit yet.

Moon and Stars Organic watermelon variety from Martha Stewart Living. Started from seed inside, transplanted early June.

Moon and Stars Organic watermelon variety from Martha Stewart Living. Started from seed inside, transplanted early June.

And of course the aforementioned sweet corn.

On Deck Hybrid sweet corn variety from Burpee. Started from seed directly in the soil.

On Deck Hybrid sweet corn variety from Burpee. Started from seed directly in the soil.

And here’s a terrible picture of me trying to show you how tall the corn is. Since you can’t tell at all from the picture, it’s about 24 inches.

This angle (and my pants) makes me look like the Green Giant!

This angle (and my pants) makes me look like the Green Giant!

What do you guys have growing right now? Any plants totally taking over where they shouldn’t?

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One thought on “Mrs. O Grows

  1. Missy says:

    The garden looks awesome Annie! Next time you can try to trellis your cucumber plant so it grows up instead of out. Little too late now though I think. The cucurbit family (melons, cucumbers, winter and summer squash) have a reputation for taking over, but they tend to produce a lot! Is Cherokee Purple your tomato variety perchance? That one is my favorite. No herbs? Fresh ones in the garden would be a great way to supplement ingredients from your CSA box for a recipe or impromptu cooking. Wish I could come play in the garden with you!

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