The Octopus’s Garden…Week 3

More pictures of the garden!!! We’re in week 3 and the plants have really taken off this past week.

The whole garden box is filling in nicely!

This is what it looked like when I first planted it:

I think arugula is on the menu for tonight’s dinner.

New cilantro leaves are coming in.

I’ll have a Japanese eggplant to cook up before I know it. The eggplants are getting really tall!

And here are all the peppers. First, a jalapeno.

Next, a bighorn pepper. I’m not sure what it’ll taste like but living in Texas, you’ve gotta plant anything called “bighorn”!

I have a feeling I’ll have more cayenne peppers than I know what to do with. If you use cayenne peppers when you cook, let me know. You can easily have fresh ones! I have SIX of these plants….

This one will grow up to be nice and red. May I present to you, the red bell pepper!!

The tomatoes are getting pretty big, too. These will grow to be full sized. The cherry tomatoes are just starting to show flowering.

The garlic is really taking off, too. Here, in its big pot with the green onions.

The peppermint is doing okay, too. I need to remember to keep that pot really damp all the time.

So, that’s it. I think I’ll have some more than just arugula to harvest about the time that UIL is over. That’ll be a nice dinner. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “The Octopus’s Garden…Week 3”

  1. Farmer Cathy, you’re amazing! I don’t know why I’m so excited over your garden, but it must harken back to the days when Frank, Sami and I would put in our vegetable garden and all the joy of watching things grow.
    I told Frank that he can just farm the whole backyard when he retires. I love fresh food!

  2. Believe it or not, this is one of the most personally fulfilling things I’ve ever done in my life! I had arugula in my salad that was topped with a salad dressing I made with my cilantro, sage and oregano. I was giddy eating it yesterday and today!! It just feels so organic and satisfying…being able to eat the literal fruits of your labor. It is just what I needed to do this time of my life. 🙂
    ~C

  3. Those are some good looking plants indeed! Want to know a secret to growing the most and hottest peppers?

    1. Water less. Peppers do not like a ton of water, If you go to HEB and buy peppers, the ones with stress marks on them and smaller than the rest are ALWAYS the hottest. So if you want them hot, water less.
    2. Your plants are blooming right now. As you know each bloom will eventually turn into a pepper. If you want to get twice the yield of any normal plant, pick everyone of the blooms off. Do it once or even twice given how full they are now. Picking the blooms off will cause the plant to over produce blooms the second time around. Double the blooms equals double the peppers, therefore a much greater yield.

    Just a couple of tricks my dad taught me when we had an actual chili farm. The picking of the blooms works on just about any plant by the way. Great looking garden….I would love to make salsa…Moni will laugh at that!

  4. Honestly, I’m not all that into peppers. They just had a bunch I wanted to try at the Home Depot when I went. It was either that or collard greens…. :-p
    ~C

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