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The Garden…One Month Later

It’s been exactly a month since I planted the new garden and I thought you’d like to see how the veggies are coming along. So I’ll take you on a pictorial “then” and “now” tour.

I swear by starting with good soil and healthy bug-free plants. So find a great nursery and get to know the people who work there–they’ll be glad to help you.

Roger’s Gardens rogersgardens.com is my “go-to” favorite nursery. (And no, they don’t pay me to say this or even give me discounts.) I really believe they’re the best and most knowledgeable. It’s also a great place to take out-of-town guests when you’re showing them the sites in Southern California. 

Worried about growing tomatoes? Check out TomatoMania at tomatomania.com You’ll find great growing tips on their website. I bought 15 different varieties of tomatoes from them at Roger’s Gardens last month and now they have blossoms. Tomatoes are on their way!


I don’t want to jinx things, but so far it’s been bug-free…but it is early in the season. I spotted one very hungry caterpillar and sent him on his merry way. 

Here’s the lettuce last month.

And here it is now. I’ve been enjoying it all week.

The teepee with baby zucchini and the row of lettuce and corn.

So much bigger today.
My favorite, the San Marzano tomato, last month.

Getting bigger every day.

Zucchini, artichoke, strawberries and the peas climbing the trellis. 
Same shot, but everything is much bigger.

Here’s a close up of the bloom–peas will be here soon.

Tomatillo, tomato and the potatoes in the ground hadn’t even sprouted.
The tomatillo and tomato grew, but the baby red potatoes are taking over.
I had to add this shot. I just love the line up.
I hope you enjoyed the tour. And I really hope it inspires you to have some fun and plant your own garden. No excuses–even if you have a very small space, get a pot and plant your favorite herbs. My favorites are cilantro, basil and lately, thyme.

Here’s my offer…I’ll even help you–just email me your questions and I’ll do my best to answer them and have you on your way to enjoying fresh produce in no time. And for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I just finished winter–I can help you, too!

Don’t forget…check out my recipes here and in the dining section at www.stunewslaguna.com.

As always, Enjoy!

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2 replies

  1. Hi Nancy,Quick, quick, get another tomatillo in there, you need two or more in order to fruit. Also, mound something around the greenery of the potatoes: mulch, straw, dirt, etc to cover most of the leaves. That will force the roots to grow…potatoes. Keep mounding so that only 4-6 leaves on each plant are visible at any given time otherwise you will only have a bushy green plant above ground and no potatoes underground!It's a pretty garden!Laura McG.

  2. thank you thank you thank you!!!! I know what I'm doing tomorrow! It's the same with blueberries–you need two. I'll keep you posted!

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