Sarah's Garden Week 23: Figs and a Look Back

I'm back!  And so is my garden (okay, that never went anywhere) and now I have figs! [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="Sorry for the extreme close-up of my can pretty much make out my fingerprint pattern. That one is a whorl if I remember correctly from elementary school."]photo.JPG[/caption] To be honest, I'm not sure what kind of figs these are so I'm just kind of waiting to see.  I don't even think I like figs!  But I won't make a final judgement call on that one until I eat my first home-grown fig. The rest of the garden is pretty quiet.  The cooler weather and cloudy skies haven't brought everything to a halt, but the difference from mid-summer is amazing.  On those hot, steamy July days you can almost see things growing right before your eyes.  In the spirit of that (and fall is always a time of reflection for me) let's take a look back at my garden's progress through these past few months. Here's when I first started moving my tomatoes outside, May 1st. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="I remember thinking they were so big! If only I knew..."]photo.JPG[/caption] And here's the tomato patch on May 11th: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Scrawny ones"]photo.JPG[/caption] And here's the first flower: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="374" caption="That plant grew the fastest but soon got too big for its pot (I think) so slowed down."]photo.JPG[/caption] Here's May 22nd: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="They're starting to look like real plants!"]photo.JPG[/caption] Here's May 31st and they're starting to grow over the wall... And here's June 2nd, with lots of flowers and some tomatoes: photo.JPG Here's another June 2nd shot, starting to fill out a bit: photo.JPG This is June 16th: photo.JPG Here's June 20th with the first tomato turning red: photo.JPG This is July 4th, with new stakes: photo.JPG Here's July 26th full of tomatoes: photo.JPG By August 15th, things were getting pretty big: photo.JPG And here's August 31st: photo.JPG It's all been pretty interesting and I think it's good to look back once in a while and remember when I just started.  Even more impressive than the tomatoes are the sunflowers, I think - they grew so fast!  Maybe I'll take a look at them next week. This weekend I plan on cleaning up some things (I'm looking at you, sunflowers) and transplant my little swiss chard and kale.  Stay tuned! Sarah DeGiorgis has lived in Philly for five years and is finally starting to feel like a true Philadelphian, though she still detests cheesesteaks.  She enjoys reading, watching bad tv, eating and cooking good food and digging in the dirt. Catch up with her continuing efforts to grow food in South Philly by clicking here.