How’s your garden growing?
I had all but decided to throw in the towel after the heat and wind blasted through the East coast two weeks ago, leaving sad little plants in its wake. Just in the nick of time came the respite and I spent a cool and practically mosquito free morning salvaging what was left.
The cucs are about to go nuts! This first-of-the-season beauty will be lunch tomorrow.
The beans didn’t fare as well with the heat but it looks like they may still be going for round two.
Something is enjoying my Cherokee Purple’s as much as I am!
Can a bird do this?
No hope for the summer squash…
…but the Green Zebra’s are making a comeback after a bad case of Blossom-End Rot and losing their stake to the storm.
The kale, Red Russian and Lacinato, is sort of hanging in there.
I was skeptical about growing carrots,
and now they are one of my favorite things to harvest!
Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count
Some day I’ll get around to having a garden. It’s so great to have fresh veggies that you grew yourself!
my garden has fared very well, even with my very conservative watering schedule (when I remember). I’ve got tons of yellow and zucchini squash if you’d like some. Hope to make it to Pilates Wed.
I’d love squash! No class Wednesday though, I’m out of town.
Joanna @ Midwestern Bite
Have you checked for squash bugs on your squash plant? Ours looked just like that last year and that was our problem. Our garden is doing pretty darn well and seems to double in size when we have the heat waves. I’ve harvested cucumbers, radishes, yellow squash, sugar snap peas and a few cherry tomatoes. The green onions are slow growers this year, and my jalapeno and green pepper plants are still on the small side. Battling cabbage worms on the brussels sprouts. The tomatilla plants have completely gone nuts, except I’ve never eaten or cooked a tomatilla before. Half the tomato plants look good, the other half a bit sad. I planted sweet potatoes and the greens have grown like a weed, but I have no clue when to harvest them. The thing I am most excited for is the watermelon. We have four growing already and two are the size of softballs!!!! I cannot wait to eat them. Your carrots look great, I love growing the root veggies – it’s such a surprise to dig them up and see what you get.
The squash just got beat by the heat but I threw a few more seeds in the other day so I may still be able to make some pickles this fall. Your garden sounds amazing! Let me know what you find to do with the tomatillas!
I’ve recently come across your blog – it’s lovely, and refreshing to read a voice observing life with such intention! I have high hopes for a garden like yours some day – but I think it will take at least the rest of this summer to finish clearing out our yard and to figure out where the sun shines during the day. Like all things, a garden can be tended and nurtured, but we can’t really control the end result.
Well said Heidi, gardening is an excellent lesson in detachment!
(thanks for the lovely feedback!)
I have a little herb garden on my deck and the mint is exploding! I have also planted some kale and cucumber in my back flowerbed, but I’m significantly farther north than you, so my cucumbers are flowering right now. It’s the first time I’ve planted anything edible, so we’ll see how it turns out!
Oddly that one cuc is the only one of any significance, lots of flowers otherwise but little fruit. Enjoy! Gardening is SO rewarding!
Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables to grow. I’m not sure if it’s the type that we usually grow, or the fact that they are home grown, but they taste so much better than store bought carrots. So refreshing!
Onions, garlic, radishes, chard, carrots, zucchini, spinach, basil, oregano, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes from the garden onto the grilled pizzas. yumm Corn starting to fill out, and the tilling last night should help the plants when the rain comes. The squash vine looked to me like bugs got to it along with the heat.
I love your pictures of the bees. I had a squash plant that fared the same as yours, but I suspect is was root or leaf rot. I’ve understood that squash is really susceptible to rot. I see that you have greens below your tomato plants. Do they fare well together? I suppose the roots of the greens don’t go very deep.
I have herbs that are faring very well but my tomatoes just blossomed two weeks ago. Otherwise they are growing like weeks and take lots of water. I also planted beans and they looked great at first but were taken by the heat. I think I’ll plant more at the end of summer.
I planted carrots, beets, basil, and marigolds around my tomatoes because of info I’ve found on companion planting and they all are doing well. My squash demise is probably a combo of the heat and a rot as well. Overall I’m not thrilled with my garden this year but it’s partly a reflection of what I’ve put into it (not that much honestly!!). I’m hoping my second round of beans does better than the first. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a bumper crop of cucs! I’ve eaten two and they are doing excellent right now.