22 July, 2008

Garden Update

Sparsebeard and our 13 yo son ran the weedeater and weeded the garden well all around the edges on Sunday evening. It looks so much better out there, now!

The tomatoes are "regrouping" and setting new blossoms, while one or two small tomatoes are ready almost daily.

The onions do not like the 100 degree plus temps. Who can blame them. We planted them late, and decided to see how long they would make it. We've thoroughly enjoyed having them with our meals or in recipes. It's just so easy to send one of the boys out to get some when needed, and not have to worry about lack of indoor storage space. Now I need to pull many of them and hang them to dry.

The cantaloupe are plentiful this year, the largest we've ever grown! We just have to be careful not to pick them too soon.

The peppers are doing extremely well, especially the Habañeros. Something (grasshoppers?) is eating the tips of the jalapeños.

We are out of Garrett Juice. We have been able to keep an organic garden but we need to purchase more to mix this fantastic stuff to keep the veg strong. We have our own healthy compost pile, but this combination product has other ingredients already premixed in.

The sweet potatoes are vining everywhere! I've never grown sweet potatoes, before, so just buried some chunks just for fun. I grew up digging and eating white potatoes. This will be a nice addition to our table at mealtimes.

The crookneck squash is still producing, but has slowed down quite a bit.

A stray sunflower popped up amongst the melons and we let it grow.

It's really too hot for many herbs, now. We've been hitting over 100 for several days, now...but the mint is thriving, and the lemon balm is growing. The cilantro is skinny and unhappy, as is our parsley. The basil is doing great! The oregano is low to the ground and not growing much at all, but at least it is not dying!

Leaf cutters and something else are getting to Sparsebeard's grapevine that he has been babying. I'll have to take new pictures of our two different varieties of vine. They grow and spread so quickly that any pictures I have of them do not show how large they are today.

I'll close by recommending a friend's new blog. Sheila writes prolifically; beautiful spiritual applications are included, too. In this post, she shares about her garden in suburbia and overcoming her fear of bees.

Enjoy, all!!



Robin in New Jersey said...

Such a nice garden you have there! I helped a lady from church plant a very small one.(She has many health problems and hasn't had one in 3 years, but still had a fenced in area for one.) I was there yesterday to see how it's doing. Her son-in-law planted some pumpkin seeds in the back corner and now the pumpkin vines are taking over the whole garden! He's thrilled, she's not. I did bring home to green squash and a cucumber.

Sheila said...

I came to visit you today, and was completely caught off guard by your sweet "thumbs up" for my blog. Thank you, thank you!