If there’s anything all this rain we’ve had is good for, it’s gardens.  We planted a vegetable garden from seeds in a little 5’x15′ plot on the sunny side of our house at the end of April.  Here are some before-and-afters:

Veggie garden when first planted in April

Veggie garden when first planted in April

Veggie garden on June 20!

Veggie garden on June 20!

The snow peas and that one zucchini plant have just grown like crazy after these two months of rain!  We planted just about every vegetable they had available in seed packets.  In this first photo below, from left to right: 1st row – corn (yes, those are several stalks of corn!), snow peas, regular peas, green beans, green beans; 2nd row – celery (yet to sprout), cucumber (planted a few weeks late), bell peppers, white and red onions; 3rd row – strawberries, summer squash, carrots (which it looks like we’ll have a ton of!).

Click on the notes to see what everything is.

Click on the notes to see what everything is.

In this second photo: 1st row –  three different kinds of tomatoes, with parsley under the hose; 2nd row – zucchini (that one plant is going to take over the whole garden and start eating small animals soon), then cucumbers on the other side of the step; 3rd row – cilantro, one lonely basil plant, iceberg lettuce (we also planted romaine, to the right of the carrots above).

Click on the notes to see what everythig is.

Click on the notes to see what everythig is.

I had visions of going out to the garden every day to get ingredients to make dinner and to skip the produce section of the grocery store almost entirely.  And it is very satisfying to see that plants are actually growing from the tiny seeds we just sprinkled into this pile of dirt.  But…it will be a while still before we can pick anything from any of these.  There is one little zucchini starting to peek out!

Teeny zucchini

Teeny zucchini

It’s actually taking all my willpower to not pick this thing now and stuff that flower with cheese, batter it, fry it and inhale it in one bite!

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