I am so happy that you are back here for another post. Today I share with you some of the things that I’ve got growing on in my greenhouse garden and what I am most looking forward to watch grow this season. As many of you know, this is my first season growing a garden, so far, my thinking is that it will most definitely not be the last.
In conjunction with this blog post, I have posted my first-ever Greenhouse Garden Tour video over on YouTube. I would love it if you’d stop by!
MY GREENHOUSE GARDEN TOUR IS ON YOUTUBE ->
Okay, now on to what I’m excited to see grow.
Oh gosh, I hardly know where to start… I mean, listing off what I’m not excited to see grow would be a much shorter post! Y’all, I got overly excited when deciding to plant my first garden. At first, it was all very exciting, I got swept up in the different varieties and the fact that I could fit so many seedling trays in our mini greenhouse.
Unfortunately, little thought went to what would happen when those seedlings needed to be up-potted! It is still very exciting and I feel pulled out to the garden with the first light coming in at 5am these days. However, I am also really feeling the overwhelm these days more than I have up to this point. Trying to keep up with all the things that need to be up-potted and working to keep critters from eating my plants is proving to be somewhat stressful to say the least.
HERE IS THE INSTAGRAM POST WHERE YOU CAN SEE A LOT OF THE SEEDS I BOUGHT THIS YEAR!
With all of that being said, let’s jump into what I am most excited to see grow in my garden and what I really hope I’ll get to taste!
First is definitely tomatoes. I am growing several different varieties of tomato plants this year and most of them came from this seed pack. I have a few staples, like Roma and San Marzano tomatoes, but I also have some varieties that can’t be bought off the shelf, and getting to watch them grow makes me really excited. Varieties like Brandywine Yellow, Orange Queen, Black Cherry, and Tigerella have me really anticipating what they’ll look like when their fruit ripens.
Tomatoes are also really forgiving, which is why I am a huge advocate for new gardeners beginning with them. I can tell you, from March to now (May 14th) I have broken at least 4 tomato plants. There’s also the ones my children have “pruned” that I still was able to TLC back to life. I took the top half of those broken plants, re-potted them, and now they are sturdy and thriving.
I can’t wait to pull a tomato off the vine. Just when it reaches peak ripeness. Probably in the middle of a hot day I’ll sit down right there and take my first juice-filled bite of a homegrown tomato. I am so excited to make spaghetti sauce from scratch and dice up cherry tomatoes for taco salads (or any kind of salad). I will most definitely (if everything survives) be pulling off some of the larger tomatoes, browning some butter, and trying Jess Soward’s Browned Butter Tomatoes!
The next thing that I am most excited to see grow would be all things squash and melon! We’ve got sugar pumpkins, jack-o-lantern pumpkins, acorn squash, turks turban, shooting star courgette, and of course watermelon and cantaloupe! My oldest two are very excited to see some cucumbers growing outside too, they eat so many cucumbers! I am praying daily that these plants don’t die. I am so excited to see what those little cucamelons will taste like and see how small or big they get. Y’all I will be shocked, SHOCKED, if I am able to keep these beautiful plants alive and actually collect a harvest from them this summer!
My kiddos are extremely excited to get pumpkins from our garden this Fall, and I really just don’t want to let them down. After going to the pumpkin patch last Fall, I just hope I can bring a little bit of that joy to them from our own backyard! Personally, I am really excited to decorate our home with some of the smaller pumpkin varieties. Baking my first from-scratch pumpkin pie is on the top of my to-do list as well. Of course, making spaghetti using our homegrown spaghetti squash is a must! I haven’t had that meal since I lived back home in the states!
The next thing, and final thing I’ll talk about here, is corn! This is the sweet corn I am growing this year from Premier Seeds Direct. If you’re in America, I recommend checking out Baker Creek Seeds for all your corn seeds!
I hear that corn can be somewhat tricky to navigate, but y’all if I can get fresh corn to grow this summer and be able to toss on our grill… excited is such an understatement. That would be a dream come true for me. Grilled corn has always been one of my favorite ways to cook it. I even “fire roast” canned corn in my skillet before tossing it in recipes!
There are many types of corn, and I almost got a gem type corn, but I’ve heard that they can cross pollinate very easily and that growing 2 varieties in a small space isn’t recommended. And thoughts on that?
Since I heard that, I kept it to one variety all from the same seed packet. I settled on sweet corn since that is what we will most definitely eat if it grows. Right now, we’ve got about 8 plants growing and the idea is to put them in grow bags and sit the grow bags in a little huddle close together. I sure hope it works!
This video really got me excited about growing corn!
Obviously, I am so excited for everything that I am growing this year.
I can hardly believe this is the turn that my journey has taken and I am so thankful for it. I only wonder why I didn’t start this sooner. If you know much about our story, you know that we are living in a somewhat unstable way at the moment.
Meaning that the house we’ve lived in for 3 years may or may not be our home come July. So right now, everything is in grow bags. I have 2 small raised beds, but they aren’t set up because I am scared that I’ll have to leave them behind, or that the neighborhood cats will get to them and destroy everything I try to plant out.
Thank you so much for being here and supporting me and my family.
‘Til next time,
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