Garden 2013: Update #2

Posted By on July 1, 2013

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAJuly is now upon us. Woo hoo! I love this time of year, because it is the time when a lot of the food in the garden starts to mature and ripen. Which means food for me… well, us!

At this time last year it was hot. We hadn’t had rain for a couple weeks, and wouldn’t for the rest of the summer. Of course, our poor plants were already in distress and the insects were taking over. I hope to never see a year like that again. Disgusting.

Thank the LORD that that is not the story this year!! We’ve had rain, plenty of it. The weather has been moderate and absolutely beautiful. The most wonderful thing is that so far *knock on wood, cross fingers, and throw salt over shoulder* we have had no problems with invading insects. It could be the nice weather. It could be because of the nematodes we put down last fall. It could be the glorious beneficial insects like spiders, ants, lady bird beetles, and parasitic wasps that have found refuge in our garden. It could be all of the above and then some! All I know is that I’m happy not to have to pick off squash bugs and their eggs from my beautiful cucurbit plants right now. Though, now that I say this they will probably show up.

Honey Bee -- Beneficial Insect

Honey Bee — Beneficial Insect

Anyway. Here are some lovely images of our garden’s progress. I’m so proud of it! Such hard work put into it.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m a bit proud of the plants, too. 😉

Cucurbit Trellis and Sunflowers

Cucurbit Trellis and Sunflowers

Ground Cherry

Ground Cherry

I mentioned the fruits ripen this time of year, right? Well, here are some of the lovelies that we’re getting to munch on right now!

Little Yellow Hagen Tomatoes

Little Yellow Hagen Tomatoes

Beefsteak Tomato

Beefsteak Tomato

De Cicco Broccoli

De Cicco Broccoli

Golden Sweet Pea

Golden Sweet Pea

Our dinner the other night! Those cucumbers never had the chance to get a photo shot in the garden.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Of course, there are other plants that are fruiting that aren’t quite ready to eat yet. They probably won’t be for several weeks or in some cases until fall harvest. Either way, they’re doing just great!

Martin's Carrot Hot Pepper

Martin’s Carrot Hot Pepper

Nardello Sweet Pepper

Nardello Sweet Pepper

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash

Bush/Pole Bean Cross

Bush/Pole Bean Cross

The beans above we thought were going to be a bush bean. We saved them two years ago. Well, they apparently crossed with the pole beans, which doesn’t happen often, and about half of the plants of put on runners. Oh, well. Guess we just won’t save some of these to sell in the shop this fall.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

These two sunflowers are volunteers from last year. It’s neat to see the color difference in their crossing from last year. These two varieties are staying true to their previous poly-head tendency.

There you have it. Some highlights of the Sheltering Woods’ garden progress as of the first of July!

How is your garden doing?

About The Author

Comments

Leave a Reply