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Planting a garden: Greg's check-in

Well, it's been a little more than one month since the planting of my vegetable garden and so far I'm happy with its progress. Since my last post, I've added three additional plants; a tomato plant, a cucumber plant and a watermelon plant (my 10 year-old's idea). Three of the four tomato plants are growing strongly, while the last one is lagging behind, but all are starting to bear fruit. Additionally, the zucchini is growing like mad and the herbs are performing well. In fact, I've already harvested a zucchini (well really, it fell off when I was weeding) and it was delicious. However, I do have my concerns about all the pepper plants, especially the jalapeno. The cucumber and watermelon are off to slow starts as well.

The bell peppers seem to be growing fairly well and flowering, but the peppers appear to be falling off and not maturing. I'm not sure why, but I'll be patient and see what happens. The jalapeno is just not growing, but I did notice a pepper starting to form, so again I'll be patient and see what happens. The cucumber and the watermelon are just starting to show signs of life, so I remain optimistic about their prospects.

So far I haven't put a great deal of effort into the garden. I've done one large weeding and feeding about a week ago that took about an hour. Other than that, I look at it on a daily basis and marvel and fret (all at the same time) at its progress. I guess that's the fun of planting a garden in the first place. I don't get uptight if something isn't performing and tell myself to be patient. After all, what have I go to lose? If in the end a plant doesn't perform, so be it, I'll try to learn what I might have done wrong and correct it in the future. If I could change anything, I think I would have given more space to the zucchini and provided better spacing on the pepper plants. Other than that, I hope to show a great harvest on my next post. I intend to let one zucchini grow as large as I can, as a friend game me an idea for a dish with a large zucchini. More to come on that. Until next time, happy gardening!

Also, if anyone has particular luck with jalapenos, cucumber or watermelon, I'm all ears!

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Greg is the Chief Financial Officer for House Party. He lives in Stamford, CT with his sons, ages 9 and 12. In his free time, he loves playing and coaching baseball, sailing, skiing, biking and swimming. He's also been know to ride a Harley Davidson and is an avid fan of Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush! Greg's party tip: Play your music loud, like being in a bar watching a band. That kind of loud.[/author_info] [/author]

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