Walking Through The Garden

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It’s the middle of May.  It’s been warm and dry and the garden is growing like mad!  Walking through the garden yesterday I found all of these amazing things!

Planted back in the winter, these artichokes are growing great!

Planted back in the winter, these artichokes are growing great!

See that little bit of red amidst all the green?  It couldn't be a ripe tomato!

See that little bit of red amidst all the green? It couldn’t be a ripe tomato!

The first ripe tomato! (5/21/13)  Normally we don't get our first one until late July!

The first ripe tomato! (5/21/13) Normally we don’t get our first one until late July!

Pomegranate blossoms.  Hopefully the tree won't fall over this year!

Pomegranate blossoms. Hopefully the tree won’t fall over this year!

2nd set of zucchini seedlings up and growing.  (The first set met their sad demise at the hand of unsuspecting gardener.)

2nd set of zucchini seedlings up and growing. (The first set met their sad demise at the hands of an unsuspecting gardener.)

Artichokes and Romanesco for dinner!  Yum!

Artichokes and Romanesco for dinner! Yum!

Looks like this year is going to be hot and dry which will definitely bring some challenges.  I’m thinking of adding some ollas to the garden especially around the tomatoes.  I’ve hesitated to buy them because they are expensive, but maybe if I only buy a couple at a time.   What are your favorite ways of keeping the garden watered?

(Linked to The Backyard Farming Connection, A Little R and R, Wildcrafting WednesdayFrom The Farm HopSmall Footprint FridayMaking Your Home SingMostly Homemade Monday and Thankful Thursdays)


  1. Artichokes! I have long tried to grow them, but had no luck. These are just beautiful. I may just have to try this again. Any recommendations?

    • Thanks Pattie! Here in So Cal you just plop the things in the ground and they grow! The first time I grew them I did have trouble with bugs so I was prepared to use an organic insecticidal soap if I needed, but I didn’t. I did change the location of the new plants to a full sun area of the garden, but that’s it. They just grew like weeds!

  2. Sarah D - June 12, 2013

    That “olla” is fascinating! We just got our garden planted a couple weeks ago. The warm weather just would not start… Now, it feels like summer! *sigh* So much for spring. I hope the strange weather doesn’t hurt our garden too much.

    • We have similar issues with temperature swings here. That’s what is so nice about the ollas, even if the weather turns unreasonably hot the plants stay well watered!

  3. I am JEALOUS. We had a very late spring this year, and I”m still waiting for blossoms to appear. I can’t wait to pick our first vegetables. I can almost TASTE the tomatoes already. 🙂

  4. I had never heard of an olla before today! I have never had a vegetable garden but I had a huge flower garden. I always wanted to put a soaker hose in but never did. So I just turned on the sprinkler and let it water the flowers every other day or so.

    Please feel free to link any of these posts up next week if you’d like, as I don’t know how many people come back during the week to view any new posts that have been added! Thanks so much for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

  5. Wow…a ripe tomato!! I haven’t even planted ours yet. Even though we’re past our frost free date, we often get surprise storms that can include hail. To conserve water, we use black mulch…(my latest post) It’s a huge help! Love what’s on your dinner plate!

    • Black mulch is a really big help, especially for strawberries! This tomato is really unusual. It will be interesting to see how the summer progresses.

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