Rain rain don't go away?

Rain rain don't go away?

While rain can be a drag sometimes, it helps plants grow. This picture was taken after a heavy rain. Notice the sidewalk moisture has evaporated yet the soil is still a bit water logged.

They grow up so fast ;-)

They grow up so fast ;-)

These are the same plants in "baby garden" after just a few weeks in the ground. We were fortunat to have a growing season that did not get overly hot and provided ample rain.

Planting seeds

Planting seeds

Sofia starting some tomato seeds in doors

Broccoli

Broccoli

A broccoli plant growing at Austin's mom's house.

Growing cantaloupe in a bucket

Growing cantaloupe in a bucket

This is a volunteer cantaloupe growing in a bucket on Austin's mom's back porch. The plant grew from seeds thrown out with cantaloupe rinds.

Peach tree

Peach tree

4 year old peach tree Austin purchased for his mother for Mother's Day 2 years prior to this picture.

Hubbard Squash

Hubbard Squash

This is a massive hubbard squash that eventualy turned blue.

Runner beans

Runner beans

These are green beans growing along a fence at Austin's mom's garden. These beans were planted from seeds saved from the previous year (grown in 2014; seeds from palnts that grew in 2013).

Another Hubbard squash

Another Hubbard squash

It's not always pretty!

It's not always pretty!

When the garden season starts a new it's a goodidea to add compost to the soil and hay/mulch/dried grass clippings for protection against weeds and imporved water retention. It is a bit of an eye sore but helps with growing healthy plants.

Baby Garden

Baby Garden

This picture was taken in June  2014 right after Austin and Sofia gained membership to the community garden near thei apartment in Chicago 

Compost it up!

Compost it up!

Sofia spreading some compost onto our raised bed before we plant

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Our first tomato of the season

Our first tomato of the season

This cherry tomato was the first tomato for the 2014 growing season at Sofia and Austin's plot in the community garden.

Chilling in the greenhouse

Chilling in the greenhouse

Austin chilling in the greenhouse. At this point it is December 2014 and there isn't much of anything growing outdoors in Chicago.