Thursday, July 29, 2010
Maybe we'll do some pickling when all of these are harvested:
These seem to be doing okay on the triangular tomato ladders:
I'll have to do some research on letting the seeds fall where they are or if I should harvest them to plant elsewhere--the bed is already crowded, with a blackberry on one side and strawberries on the other. Also, I am reading that the berries attract the asparagus beetle. I'll report back later!
No regrets though, last year the garden did pretty well with just compost, and I wanted to just plant and figure out the soil later. I have still got to do that soil test though. I can't wait to compare this year's lima harvest to last year's (one quart of frozen beans, eaten this week!).That whole bed seems to be doing the best. The okra is finally developing clusters of flower buds, so I hope more of the one pod we've harvested is on the way.
In other news, the herbs were moved to a pot--to be close to the kitchen door and to make room for a pomegranate in the valuable real estate along the sunny back fence. Plus, the rabbits were eating the sorrel.
Friday, July 23, 2010
I really should have placed this Hydrangea in a more shady spot, but I misjudged, and you can see the scald on the leaves. It seems to be establishing itself, so I will just plant something big to block the Sun--maybe a beauty berry.Here is the mystery Viburnum, doing a nice job of blocking the compost pile.
This lime Hydrangea suffered when the apple tree fell on it after snowmageddon, but it is coming back nicely.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The rabbits did feast on the carrot tops, but no harm there. I just wish they would eat all of the bolting lettuce and leave my flat leaf parsley alone. I think they are also eating the Easter lilies and moon flower--which I thought was poisonous, so maybe they will be gone soon after all? Rabbit, bird, or squirrel also took a bite out of my perfect red jalapeno.
Some of them seem to be getting too big and cracking, but the unripe one I picked and let ripen inside tasted great. These are rose and brandywine.
At least I can count on the cherry tomatoes.
Last summer, the problem was cucumbers--and my irregular watering resulted in some horribly bitter cukes. Here are the first ones of the season:
I think that curvature means this one is not getting watered properly--which is going to continue to be a problem in the bed along the fence, which has lots of clay and is not luxurious like the soil in the raised bed. Or, maybe it was just the 100 degree heat. Hoping for no more hooked cucumbers.
These are the beds that really show a difference--the okra, lima beans, and eggplants grew a lot, and the cucumbers are taking off.
I just made a batch of pesto, and already have enough basil for more:
Best of all, we have baby okra! (Look at that ripe jalapeno--something took a bite out of it)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This sunset looks better than this strange photo reveals, but of course my favorite is the tried and true purple:
This white one gets devoured by bunnies or something:
The coconut lime pom pom is the winner in terms of vigor.
well this tomato and pepper bed always looks like a jungle, with all of the seeding lettuce and all the stuff behind it from this angle, but the other two beds really took off.
cucumbers and okra, plus some parsley, dill, and marigolds.
eggplant, lima, peppers, and more okra, plus a smattering of carrots (tops now devoured by rabbits)