Starting My Backyard Garden #3

My garden is really starting to come together since I started my first 2 little plants a month ago.  I have planted the peas outside against a makeshift trellis made out of wooden stakes and embroidery thread (I might need to redo this if it doesn’t hold up).  I planted some green onion, kale, and lettuce directly into the ground and they are just starting to come up.  I have one lettuce plant from the first bit of plants I put outside.  That guy is scrappy!  Hey I’ll take it!


I started green beans last week and they look amazing.  I’m trying to decide if I want to put them in a planter on my deck and let the plants grow up along the railing, or clear more space in my flower bed and set up another trellis.  I’m leaning towards the easier route.


My tomatoes…still look a bit sad.  How long are they supposed to stay in the seedling phase?   At the suggestion of a reader I added a heat lamp above my egg carton seed starters and have been keeping it on while I’m at home and turning it off during the work day because I’m a bit weary of fire hazards.  It’s been over a month and they’re not really growing.  I’m almost ready to throw in the towel and get some slightly more mature plants from the store.  I’ve tried growing tomatoes in the past and haven’t had much luck.  In fact, I’ve never gotten a single tomato from any plants that I’ve tended.  I’m working hard to make sure this is the year that I’ll grow something edible!  Wish me luck!


Two plants that grow like weeds outside of my house are chives and mint.  I planted chives in a planter box about 6 years ago and they keep coming back every year.  This is great news for my potato loving self.  This mint grows everywhere in my back yard.  It is all over my flower beds and growing up between the paving stones of my patio.  What do I do with so much mint?  All I can think of is tea.


I’m so glad that several of the things I’ve planted are still alive and look like they might give us some stuff to eat!  I’ve made a habit of turning on the sprinkler and setting a timer for 20 minutes in the evening.  I just need to keep at it and visualize green.

So what should I do about these tomatoes?  Should they go in the ground like this?  Should I just call it a day and accept that there will be no red fruit in my gardening future?  Let me know what you think!

4 thoughts on “Starting My Backyard Garden #3”

  1. What if you transfer the tomatoes to the real garden ground so they can have a feel of the real life out there? In my plants I noticed a great progress when I do that. I hope you suceed with the tomatoes.

  2. No idea about the tomatoes… Every plant touch (with tlc!) dies 🙁 but the mint you could add as a topping on hearty soups or noodle soups like pho… You can add into an egg drop soup… Crush them with passion fruit and soda water… Blend it with a little water and sugar and use as a dressing on fresh pineapple…

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