The 2013 Backyard Garden

Near the beginning of April, 2013, we planted our garden for the summer, hoping that all the frost had passed.  We had some close calls, with temperatures getting into the upper thirties, but everything seems to have survived and is growing well.

A picture of my garden

My 2013 backyard garden

On the list for this year:

  • 4 types of Tomatoes
  • Several bell peppers
  • Lemon Cucumbers
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Basil
  • Lemon Thyme (still going from last year, even with my transplant to a large pop)
  • Parsley

The adventure in planting this year was Max following right behind me, pulling up each plant as soon as I started putting the next one in.  He’s also yanked a lot of random leave off, including the top half of one the bell peppers. Gardening with a 2-year-old is definitely a challenge.

We’ve already started harvesting spinach, which seems to be doing great.  I have to laugh when I bring Isaac out to hold the basket while I cut leaves and put them in. Then by the time we make it back inside after playing a for a bit, it’s all gone because he ate it all.  While I wish we had enough for everyone to have some, the fact that my 4-year-old wants to pig out on spinach makes it kind of hard to complain.   Luckily, it’s growing fast enough that we can pick more every couple of days.

We had a wild hair and are trying both broccoli and cabbage.  I’m not sure how well they are going to do, but it’s been fun to watch.

Most of the cabbage isn’t growing much, but it’s not dying either.   One looks like a head is forming.   It’s a 45-55 day growing cycle, so we have a few more weeks to wait to see how it’s going to turn out.

cabbage growing

A close-up of some cabbage in the making

This year, I wanted to actually watch how long things to grow, to see if it’s accurate to what the packaging says.  We are considering everything planted on April 1st, even through it’s give or take a couple of days.

The next thing to wait for growing is all the grass, so you don’t see all the dirt. 🙂


UPDATE 5-11-2013: I’m adding some photos of Isaac enjoying the garden

Isaac eating broccoli leaves straight off the plant

Isaac eats some broccoli leaves

Eating spinach straight off the plant.

Next on the menu is some spinach salad.

Eating Parsley off the plant

And now to cleanse our pallets with some parsley.



  1. Awesome stuff, Rahn. (And hilarious about Isaac and the spinach.)

    I’ll forward a link to this to Marla so that (hopefully) she can regale us with exactly what she’s growing. (Me, I’m just the dirt-and-water guy. 🙂

    • Marla D says:

      It looks great, Rahn! But you better keep me and Andy away from your spinach – we’ll give Isaac some competition eating fresh spinach. Yum!

      I’ve had a lot of “garderner’s regret” already because when I see things like this, I think, “OH! I wish we were going to have cabbage…cucumbers… spinach… kale…” And in response to to Andy’s request, here’s what we have happening in our backyard (in order, for Andy’s reference).

      Zucchini, summer squash, peppers, 2 types of cherry tomatoes, carrots, basil, and onion sets. I tucked a few scallions in the middle that seem to be doing better than I expected, too.

      • Oh, that sounds like a throw-down challenge!
        I think Isaac will take him, because his new thing is eating the broccoli leaves straight off the plant. I’d take a pictures but I was too busy alternating between laughing and wondering is broccoli leaves are safe to eat.

        I think the gardener’s regret is an every-year/everyone thing. I already have it this year, but I’m hoping to squeeze some more stuff in once I harvest some of the broccoli or cabbage.

    • Don’t sell yourself short Andy…you’re also the sprout guy. 🙂
      (And we just started some sprouts too…will be curious to see how they turn out. Picked up a few bags of seeds at a farmers market in Florida.)