Monday, April 16, 2012

Late Spring Garden 2012

I don't know about your weather, but here near Chattanooga has been crazy!  From temperatures mimicking early summer (in March, mid-to upper 80s) to lows near freezing, my beginning gardening skills have definitely been tested.  Due to the crazy weather, I lost all my lettuce and beets.  That was not a happy day.

Since we were having so many days of warm weather, I went ahead and planted bell peppers (4 green, 2 yellow, and 2 red).  Within two weeks, we were posting lows in the low 30's.  Can you tell I'm a bit over this!  Anyway, thanks to tarps and bricks, the pepper plants and squash plants have survived.

Take a peek at how things are a'growin'!

Bell Pepper Plants

Radishes... just about to harvest!

My squash plants have been promoted from tires to real-live planters!

Yellow crookneck squash

Spaghetti Squash

Zucchini Squash
(2 of 4)

My back porch garden is doing well.  I have enjoyed watching the strawberry plants produce.  Did you know that each strawberry grows from the center of the flower?  Really cool!

The parsley, basil and oregano are doing well, too!

Miscellaneous flower pics...

Upcoming plans:

harvesting radishes
planting 6 tomato plants and 2 jalapeno plants
making a vine teepee and planting the green beans

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Happy Gardening!

This post may be linked to Tuesday Garden Party and Bloomin' Tuesday.




  1. Looks great. I'm posting about my RI garden on Wednesday, but yours makes me jealous!

  2. Hi Ellen, Your herbs look great, and I love your raised beds!

  3. Those blue flowers against the brick look amazing! Love your strawberry pots! visiting from Bloomin' Tuesday! Enjoy your day!

  4. I hope your diligence of caring for your veggies pays is so frustrating for us as well.

  5. Oh my mercy Ellen! I love your garden...girl, you got yourself a green thumb! Love the strawberry pots too. I have been wanting to try my hand at some herbs. Right now we have a few squash planted along with butterbeans, okra, peppers and tomatoes. I am so excited about the tomato plants....Only one at my house that likes them! Ellen, you are featured on my Tuesday toots today. Pop over! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Looking like it is all growing well!

  7. Everything is so green and fresh and clean. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy reaping what you have sown.

  8. The weather has been interesting this year, hasn't it? But your garden looks great, and peppers planted out in April--wow! I can only plant ours out in June, and then I have to grow them under plastic all summer for them to produce anything! We're in garden zone 8, but have cold overnight temperatures for very late into the spring and early summer, and thus a short growing season here.

  9. Looks wonderful! My garden is so far behind in comparison. We haven't had very warm weather for our area (San Diego) but I am hoping that it turns around and things start picking up.

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sounds like a challenging garden year for plants and gardeners alike!


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