Monday, July 25, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week Eight


There are some amazing things happening in my garden right now!  We are coming into the best weeks of the year, when things are ripe enough to pick, and instead of heading out to the grocery store we are able to shop our back yard for lunch.



We have had an awful time with weeds this year.  Surprisingly, the weeds are not so much in the garden beds themselves, but instead are in the pathways. 


At the beginning of the season I had put straw down in the paths, and that helped for a time, but I have a feeling I should have continued to put straw down every few weeks, and that has not happened.  However, my husband did go out and get rid of most of the weeds in the paths this weekend, and for that I am thankful.  We will have to figure out some sort of solution for the paths for next year, but for now we are making do.  The wildness of it all doesn’t bother me, although looking at nice neat garden beds is definitely the preference for Matt!


There are so many honey bees buzzing around in the garden every morning when I go out.  It is so nice to see that they are alive and well, and their legs loaded up with pollen.


The slugs are still a problem.  I have always been so hesitant to do anything in the garden besides picking bugs off plants and plopping them in some soapy water.  There was a year that I spread diatomaceous earth religiously, which helped, but I haven’t done that this year.  I realized I had a problem when I went out to pick green beans the other day, and half the green beans were missing…the slugs had eaten the tops of my plants, and most of the beans I had been letting ripen just a day longer.  I am thinking of trying the beer trap idea, and we will see if it works.  Put some beer in several pie plates, and set them in the garden for a good old slug pub.


Despite the pests, I am still bringing in zucchini, green beans, kale, lettuce, and we had our first sungold cherry tomato ripen – which Emma promptly picked off the plant and ate it before I had a chance to take a picture.


There are so many tomatoes growing in the garden.  I know that soon we are going to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of them.  But, as that is my absolute favorite thing to pick from the garden, I am very much looking forward to those days. 



I planted one sungold cherry tomato plant in the garden, and one in a pot.  The one in the garden is huge.  The tomato cage I put around it after I first planted is not really cutting it, and the plant is essentially wild and falling over.  I tried to help it as much as I could, but I can’t get the old cage off and a new one on, so instead I just hope for the best – you may see a theme with my garden posts – I tend to hope for the best!


I have 9 sugar pie pumpkins growing which is definitely awesome.  There is nothing better than roasting a pumpkin and then making a pumpkin pie.  There is something wonderful about the savory flavors that happen with roasting when combined with the sweetness of a pie.  Yum, while I don’t want to wish away these last days of summer, I am definitely looking forward to all the fall baking!


While I am growing a lot of tomatoes in the garden, I know that I will not have nearly enough for the amount of canning that I like to do (I prefer to can my tomatoes for the winter, it goes a long way in helping my meal planning in the middle of winter), so I will need to make arrangements to buy canning tomatoes from a local farmer I know.



Overall I am very pleased with the progress, even if it means that more bugs and slugs are coming to visit.  I don’t mind sharing a bit of my garden with them, as long as they don’t devour everything!  Now, if tomato hornworms decide to show up, I might feel differently, but so far so good!


What is coming into season in your garden, or farmers’ market?

21 comments:

  1. Your garden is so pretty. I love eating fresh picked veggies.

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  2. Everything looks so greeeeen!!! I love it! I don't have the yard space for a garden but I hope to one day be able to! Love this !

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  3. Haha about the slugs. Again. Ick. But, you are growing lots of amazing veggies and fruits in your garden so yay! Tomatoes can grow like weeds! I used to plant those... and would use for a pasta sauce!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  4. We are overran with cherry tomatoes right now and I pulled 4 big tomatoes off the two tomato plants we have. I have had a couple of peppers, too!

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  5. Our garden just has not been successful this year. It is sad, so I am a bit jealous of your garden there!

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  6. You guys have done an amazing job. Well done. It must be nice to eat freshly grown produce.

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  7. Your garden is beautiful! We have everything popping in our's finally too. Although I am battling some sort of issue with fungus on my zucchini.

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  8. Oh I am so jealous. I didn't have time to plant a garden in early June as we were out of town for an extended period. I so miss fresh green beans!

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  9. There is something so satisfying about growing your own food isn't there! This is the first year we have had enough to go out and pick something nearly every day. Haha my kids have picked every single cherry tomato as soon as it started showing the slightest tinge of red!!

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  10. Your garden is so pretty and lush. Send some of those tomatoes my way!

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  11. It's so nice to see fresh produce from your garden. You've been working hard and it's paying off! It's good that the weeds are just in the pathways so it's easier for you guys to handle. I hope the slug issue ends soon!

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  12. Everything looks like it's coming along great! I just bought a venus fly trap that I'm using to get some bugs away, works great.

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  13. Everything is looking so good! Our tomatoes are ripening up and I am so excited to get cooking with them.

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  14. It has been a lovely journey following your progress in the garden and its great that it is flourishing week by week. I wish I had a garden.

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  15. Your garden is wonderful. My kid would probably be inclined to eat veggies if she grew them herself

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  16. Oh look at your pumpkin!!!! Everything looks so green and beautiful!

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  17. I've always wanted to grow a small garden! Definitely something I would consider when moving out of an apartment. It's great seeing the progress your garden has made!

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  18. This is my favorite time of year for seasonal eating. I'm going to live vicariously through your garden this year. I'll be joining you next spring.

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  19. Oh my gosh! It's week eight already. I have followed your journey from the beginning and I love seeing what you have gotten. Awesome!

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  20. Everything looks so beautiful, thank you for sharing at the Homesteader Hop

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  21. Nice haul with a cute little helper.
    I came to visit from Chicken Chick's bloghop - hope you'll stop by my place too & leave me a message so I know that I've had some company!

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