By Robyn Brown

“I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

It might be hard to write while in our garden; the rows are just wide enough for us to weed around the plants. I’ll settle with writing about our garden then and give you a quick update.

Just three weeks ago, we took to the earth and constructed our anniversary vegetable/herb garden. Most of what we planted was in the early stages of growth with just a few leaves and an unstable stem. Others like the green beans and onions were just seeds and bulbs.  Since then, the plants have taken off and grown tremendously. Blame it on ample rain and plenty of sunshine. We supplemented the soil with various nutrients including phosphorous, potassium and nitrogen – a recommendation by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service after analyzing a sample of our soil.  I also think good thoughts while we tend the garden; I’m almost positive this helps.

The team is truly on its way to earning the ‘Green Thumb’ badge. Truth be told, Jamie and I were a bit curious what an onion plant would look like when it finally sprouted. Now we know – thick blades of grass. And it hasn’t been as difficult to differentiate between the plants and the weeds as we first feared. The weeds and grasses are coming in quickly and getting just as much of our attention. It turns out, weeds also like rain!

It’s a sunny day, and I’m thinking happy thoughts about the garden. Enjoy a look at our plants today.

The garden on April 29. From left to right: tomatoes, garlic, onions, green peppers, green beans, zucchini, cucumber, and squash. Patio tomatoes, rosemary and mint in the pots.

First fruits: a tomato takes shape on one plant.

Zucchini is flourishing in the sunshine.

Onion and tomato plants standing tall.