Big Things are Growing in our Tiny, Urban Garden

Spring is upon us. The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, the trees are nearly filled in with lush, green leaves, and the garden is a-growin’. I’m always so hopeful in April. While I’ve already seen aphids, I’m not yet disappointed. (Click here for how to fight them organically.) Why? Because we’ve got gorgeous things happening:

Kentucky Wonder Bean plants, although tiny, are strong as can be…


Stunning little heirloom crookneck squash babies are beginning…


Heirloom tomato plants, all 23 of them, are green and working their way toward greatness. Some of them aren’t as grand as others, but they’re trying…


I’m even pushing forward with several varieties of heirloom lettuce which is a bit questionable for this time of year in Florida…


The carrots are looking good, the kale appears happy, the basil, sage, and parsley are enjoying the weather, and the onions and garlic should be ready to harvest soon. And what’s more is that we’ve already harvested one cucumber (oddly shaped little guy) and a handful of strawberries!


Unfortunately, the swiss chard looks more like Swiss cheese, but…


I can’t really complain about the minor gardening failures. Perfect is impossible, and I’d never expect as much; gardening is a set of learning experiences, wild experiments, and notes-to-selves.

I will say that, overall, the Spring has been good to us! How is your Spring going, fellow gardeners of the blogosphere? I’d love to hear from you!

Until then, happy sowing, digging, and playing in the dirt,




18 thoughts on “Big Things are Growing in our Tiny, Urban Garden

  1. Just realized my comments I make on my phone aren’t getting through :-/ Anyway, your plants look awesome! Usually those little worm buggers are too busy decimating my kale to bother the chard but they’re sure hard to control. I’m thinking about getting some runner ducks for the yard to eat pests! I adore chard and add it to everything – lentils, pasta, soup, eggs. You can cook it using your kale recipe, just not quite as long. It’s also good in a chopped salad. I even make little tuna wraps for lunch. It’s one of my garden faves for sure, and so pretty!

  2. Hi Jenna! Looks like your garden is growing awesomely! I too am jealous of that bunch of carrots. I’m growing my first from seed right now out in my garden, they seem to be taking their time but I see little sprouts. Enjoy all the fruits of your hard work!

  3. I actually like chard! It plays well with cumin in a saute and I’ve got a recipe for stuffed Swiss chard saved on Pinterest just waiting for the chance to try it. My plants are about 1″ tall right now 😀 Works in a “greens ‘n beans” with lentils, too. Great to see a garden producing already!

  4. So jealous of those beautiful carrots and crooked neck squash. I just got my carrots planted today and crook neck squash?? Not even time to plant them yet. Beautiful fruits of your labor. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. I do hope to get something out of the squash plants, though. I often find my plants getting attacked by little worms, and end up getting nothing. We’ll see what happens!

  5. Hi Jenna! When I saw your post headline in my email, I thought, “I hope she has pictures!!!” I am so happy to see all that grows in your garden! You cannot believe (even I cannot believe) how stark and dismal this spring is in Massachusetts…the forsythia hasn’t even bloomed yet. I can’t imagine that you have a cucumber at this time of year! I have to rethink where I live! Thanks for a wonderful update and post.

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