You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

I caught the garden bug this spring, and invested a little money and alot of sweat in digging up a small plot. I never would have imagined the little plants would grow as they have. Click on the pics for the wide view ๐Ÿ™‚

tomatoes, ichiban eggplant, summer squash -- garden, juneย 10
the garden plot, june 10

garden inย july
garden plot, plodding along… july 8

garden in august
the garden plot, august 2

garden andย gardener
my little helper will be caring for the garden while I am away… he is 6’2″, so the tomatoes really *have* come along!

brinjal (ichiban) and summerย squash
first fruits: ichigan eggplant and yellow summer squash



  1. Nupur said

    The plants look verdant and beautiful. They sure are reaching for the skies!

    Thanks Nupur — had to tie up those tomatoes well after the last thunderstorm. They truly are VINES and will run along the ground if I let them ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. indosungod said

    Linda, looking lovely. The squash is a beauty. They have come a long way indeed. Enjoy your vacation.

    Thanks, ISG. Your advice about the brinjal plants and the spray was a huge help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mishmash! said

    so you got lucky this time, …feeling proud , eh ? ๐Ÿ™‚
    I wish I had so much of that garden !!

    hehehe Shn.. yep, I am so proud I’m knocking wood everytime I pass some ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. jai said

    looking goooooood Linda. what are you going to make? yesterday we made two dishes with the crooknecks- stirfry and grilled. turned out good. the plant has gone bonkers and pretty soon we are going to be flooded!

    Thanks Jai — glad to see I’m not the only one calling them crooknecks. When they are fresh and numerous, wash them well, slice thickly and boil them in very little water and salt. Skim off the foam that rises and drain quickly and thoroughly. Douse with melted butter, salt and pepper. It’s better than corn-on-the-cob — that’s my fav. way. BTW cannot do that with zucchini — summer squash and zucchini are two different animals altogether! Your stir fry and grill sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. sharmi said

    hmm Now I have to try this technique next year. so you are going to pick lot of tomatoes !!

    Oh, I hope so Sharmi! What technique is that… digging boulders? That’s what I did first ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Richa said

    beautiful plants you got there ๐Ÿ™‚ you will be flooded with tomatoes soon!
    my eggplant & bell peppers turned out great ๐Ÿ™‚ just today made a beautiful dish out of red & green bell peppers ๐Ÿ™‚
    ain’t summer fun ๐Ÿ™‚

    Summer’s grand indeed, Richa! I saw your yummy pepper dish! Hope to have lots of tomatoes, yes, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. neroli said

    Linda, how wonderful!
    Imagine how marvelous your garden will be upon your return!
    Because of grad school, I’ve not put in a garden this year—thanks for letting me garden vicariously through you.
    (Although a gorgeous butternut vine with swelling fruits is taking over my compost pile—does that count as a garden?!?)

    I think that counts as a great squash garden, neroli! Grad school is enough to tackle — garden can wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. arundati said

    nothing that makes a dish spin better than home grown veggies!! enjoy yourself and thats all the hard work thats paying!!

    Thanks so much arundati — that’s the truth about the hard work paying isn’t it! All worth it now ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. bhags said

    So these are going to turn into something delicious for us to try…..waiting for u to come back

    I hope they last the vacation, bhags! Will be checking your blog when I get back ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Suganya said

    Veggie patch, even a small one brings that sense of satisfaction – From a container gardener ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Oh, Suganya dear don’t pout please! I could learn a few things from you I am sure! I have some things in containers too — am too shy to show pics of them yet, in case they amount to nothing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe we could see some of your container on your blog in those fabulous photos of yours? ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Jyothsna said

    That feeling is beautiful, isn’t it??

    Thank you Jyothsna — it really is ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. sia said

    that’s amazing to see the way ur vegetable plants r growing ๐Ÿ™‚ u surely have got the garden bug for good linda ๐Ÿ˜€ enjoy the harvest.

    Thank you Supriya — I hope they hold out till harvest time for sure! I am still too nervous something will come along and get them ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Srivalli said

    wow..nice crop..enjoy…


    Thanks, Srivalli ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. coffee said

    UFF!!!! How I long for a small patch looking at all you people doing such a wonderful job!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ That looks absolutely wonderful Linda! Waiting to see what comes of your kitchen from these!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I hope they last long enough for me to make some ‘preserves’ Coffee — better late than never! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You could have a nice container on your porch or patio if you have no room for a plot. I had to dig so many rocks, am thinking of doing more containers next year ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Asha said

    WOW!! They look good! You “little” boy looks great too!:D
    Man! 6’2″!!! They grow like palm tree,don’t they? My son is 12yrs old and he is 5’3″ now!! Ahh!! Help!! I am thinking which car is he going to fit in when he drives!! May be a convertible Jeep!! ;D
    Love the Eggplant and Squash.Enjoy.I will make a post for this year’s garden this month.Have a great weekend Linda:)

    Ah, Asha, they do grow JUST like palm trees — and drop the occasional coconut on our heads too yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your baby will be towering over you before you know it then HE will decide about the car!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Look forward to seeing your garden post, Asha — have a great couple weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. sandeepa said

    Thats your little boy, he has such a good height? he starts college this fall does he ? Where are you going ?

    And a lovely crop

    Thank you Sandeepa. Yea, the boy is TALL. He is going back to college this fall — will be in his second year. I will be writing about it for desi momz next month ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m off to Michigan, hooray! Hope all’s well there with you and the baby ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Katie said

    I caught the gardening bug this summer, too. I’ve been amazed at what I can grow on my balcony.

    It’s contagious, isn’t it Katie ๐Ÿ™‚

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