Veggie Garden Weeks 7 & 8

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I started my organic edible garden 8 weeks ago.  Half of the garden was started with transplants and half were with direct sowing of seeds.  One month ago, I planted a second planter box with red onion transplants and the rest of the box was filled with direct sowing of seeds.  I am a farming newbie, so I’m learning as I go.  As the plants grow I’m learning how much space is required for plants to thrive and how quickly or slowly they grow.  Everyday that I walk out to look at the garden, I am surprised at the progress.

 

Week 7 and Box Week 3

I’ve decided to harvest half of the Kale leaves.  The Broccoli stalks are growing strong but aren’t quite ready for harvesting.

Kale and Broccoli Week 7

Kale and Broccoli Week 7

 

The tomato and eggplant are growing and flowering.

Tomato & Eggplant Week 7

Tomato & Eggplant Week 7

 

There are just a few sprouts from all the seedlings in the new box.

Box Week 3

Box Week 3

 

Week 8 and Box Week 4

The Cilantro is doing well.

Cilantro Week 8

Cilantro Week 8

 

The tomato is growing exponentially that it has actually outgrown its cage.

Tomato Week 8

Tomato Week 8

 

The kale is continuing to grow even after a thorough harvest clipping.  A few of the Broccoli stalks are ready for harvest.  Thinning it out will make room for the others to thrive including the Swiss Chard.

Kale and Broccoli Week 8

Kale and Broccoli Week 8

Swiss Chard Week 8

Swiss Chard Week 8

 

The lettuce is just about ready for harvest.

Lettuce Week 8

Lettuce Week 8

 

The Box has a sprout of red cabbage, bok choy, carrot, and spinach.

Red Cabbage Week 4

Red Cabbage Week 4 (purple leaf in the foreground)

Bok Choy Week 4

Bok Choy Week 4

Carrot Week 4

Carrot Week 4

Spinach Week 4

Spinach Week 4

I’m hoping the heat wave we’re having won’t burn my plants and seedlings.  Patience is key!