". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Our Garden

Several of my friends have blogged recently about their gardens, so I thought I would, too. This is only our second year to plant a small garden in our back yard. Last year we grew tomatoes, basil, chives, and sage. In spite of our inexperience, everything did remarkably well, and we had very little trouble with pests or critters. So this year we decided to add several more herbs (parsley, thyme, and rosemary) and three varieties of peppers. Here's a photo of our modest little agrarian experiment:

Here's a close-up of a banana pepper plant, already sporting some tiny little peppers!

Next year, I think we'll add even more--maybe some cucumbers, squash, and lettuce. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to some homemade pesto and fresh tabouli salad!


Melody said...

Not to burst your bubble...
I have read that you should pick those little peppers off. It will help the plant grow a little larger, read, more able to support peppers, so you can get larger peppers down the road. And it'll cause the plant to produce more peppers. Remember; those are seed pods. Once it reproduces, it doesn't have to anymore.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the advice, Melody! BTW, it turns out I mis-identified the plant--it's a Fiesta pepper, not a banana pepper. As you can see, the garden is more my husband's baby than mine! I'm just along for the ride.