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Last weekend we spent about 2 hours closing down our community garden plot.  This meant pulling up all of tomato, pepper, eggplant, and kale plans.  It also meant pulling up all of the flowers we used for our wedding.

This summer’s garden was much more productive than the garden I had last year, the hot summer may have something to do with that.

Peppers (bell and hot)

This year we harvested about 30 pounds of peppers (both hot and bell peppers).  Last year we only harvested a couple of pounds.

Eggplant

This year I probably harvested about 40 pounds of eggplant.  Last year, I only harvest a couple of eggplant at the end of the season.

Tomatoes

The tomato plants were also very successful this year. We were able to make several rounds of pasta/pizza sauce.  Last year’s harvest was also successful but not like this year.

Flowers

As I mentioned above the flowers we grew did very well. Some of the zinnia plants were about 5 ft. when we cut them down.  We were able to make several bouquets throughout the summer.

Stay tuned for pictures and recipes…

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On the Thursday before our wedding Natalie’s mom (Cindy), Natalie, and I headed over to the garden to harvest the flowers that we would use for the bouquets, decorations, and table centerpieces.  When we arrived here is what the flowers looked like:

zinnias

zinnias

Bells of Ireland

red zinnia

We spent about an hour cutting the best zinnias, bells of ireland, snapdragons, and rudbeckia.  Here are some pics post-cut:

buckets of wedding flowers

buckets of wedding flowers

Rudbeckia and Bells of Ireland

me with the wedding flowers

Natalie and I with our wedding flowers

We then headed home to arrange the flowers for the centerpieces and bouquets.  Natalie’s sisters, Olivia and Lindsay, helped out with this step:

Olivia (left) and Lindsay (right) arranging a bouquet

Lindsay arranging the centerpieces

Centerpieces

Completed centerpieces

Natalie with her bouquet

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Some of the flowers that we planted for our wedding in July are starting to mature.  One of the Goldilocks (rudbeckia/black-eyed Susan) bloomed for the first time yesterday…

The Snapdragons are about ready to start blooming…

The zinnias (State Fair Mix) should start blooming in the next week or so…

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks over at the garden plot.  As of May 27, we have sowed or transplanted more than half of our plants for the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures of what the garden looks like so far:

I have transplanted half of the tomato plants so far with plans to transplant the remaining plants this evening.  Last week the tomato plants spent their first week outside, hardening off.  They were in for quite a shock as temps. climbed to 80-degrees

On Tuesday evening I transplanted the brandywine, nepal, velvet red, and red pear tomato plants:

We have also been very busy sowing/transplanting flower seeds.  We are going to grow 5 types of flowers in our plot to be used for our wedding coming up in July.  We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Sunflowers (zebulon), Bells of Ireland,  Rudbeckia (goldilocks), and Snapdragons.  Last Saturday, we purchased a tray each of snapdragons and zinnias to get a head start, here are some pics of them after they were transplanted:

We also sowed 3 varieties of Zinnia seed into 3- 4′ x 5′ plots.  Here is what the plots looked like on May 22:

…and 5 days later on May 27:

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This year we will be gardening in a Full Plot (25′ x 30′) at Hunt Park. As some of my blog readers know, Natalie and I are getting married this summer and we are planning to grow our wedding flowers in the garden plot. We are planning to dedicate about 1/3 of the garden to this task, the other 2/3 will be for the multiple veggies that we are growing. We are also going to construct a potato box, and grow some of the peppers in a Earth Box (thank you Cindy!).

There will be a walkway that will run the length of the garden. When you first walk in, there will be 3 tomato types on the left (Nepal, Gooseberry, Brandywine) and 3 tomato types on the right (Green Zebra, Red Pear, and Velvet Red). Next to each tomato plant there will be a row of carrots.

As you walk west in the garden (toward the top of the diagram), on the left is where we will construct our potato box. In that area we will also plant the other 2 tomato types (gold rush currant tomato and sweet pea tomato). The beet area will be on the right – 2 types this year (Bulls Blood and Chioggia).

As you continue West, the next are on the left will be the lettuce, broccoli, and kale patch. As the summer goes by this may used for something else since these things don’t do to well in the summer heat. The herb patch will be on the right (cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano). I will also place the Earth Box here which will include 2 types of pepper (Bull nose and Quadrato Giallo).

On the west end of the garden is where we are planning to plant our wedding flowers. We are growing 4 types here: Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Bells of Ireland, and Snapdragons.

Throughout the garden we will have some potted Sunflowers that will also be used for our wedding.

That is the plan for now…

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