Monday, July 4, 2016

A Garden Tour - Week Five

There has been an amazing amount of growth in the garden this past week.  I think the majority of it is in my greens bed as well as my sugar pie pumpkin plant, which is officially growing in the garden paths now.


I love to see all the new flowers coming out!  This is also the point where I start to see stink bugs and cucumber beetles on all of my summer squash/winter squash/cucumber plants.  And yes, there have been cucumber beetles, but I have been diligent about squishing them as soon as I see them.
  



That may make some people queasy, and honestly it used to make me queasy – who in their right mind wants to squish a bug.  But, over the years of being infested with these garden pests, my queasiness went away and my lethal bug squishing skills emerged!



There are a lot of little tomatoes growing, which is incredibly exciting.  I think that in another month we will be eating a lot of fresh tomatoes for lunch and dinner.  I can’t wait!

  

Most of my pots seem to be doing well.  I was a little concerned when I first put them in, since it was so late and the seedlings had been sitting in their little seed trays for so long, but I think most of the seedlings have new growth on them.  There are a couple pepper plants that do not look very good at this point, and I’m not entirely sure if they will make it.  One looks as if it is getting zero water, so the roots may have been damaged beyond repair.  I will give this one pepper plant another week and see if it does anything.



The weeds are insane.  I was just out there and had everything cleaned up.  We get one good rain storm followed by warm sunny weather, and bam, weeds are back. 

 

I need to hill my potatoes, but I am unsure what to use for dirt.  When I planted potatoes the last time, I cleared enough dirt around the plants to just sweep it up when the leaves emerged from the ground – that was not the case this time.  My idea is to go buy some more garden soil from the store and use that to pile around the potatoes…not sure if that will work, but I think it is my only option at this point!


In the meantime, I am harvesting lots of radishes and lettuce and kale from my garden.  The kale has essentially taken over the greens bed, but I am OK with that – lots of greens for green smoothies.  Although, it does seem to be overpowering my swiss chard, so I may need to pull some of the plants.


Overall, I am incredibly happy with the progress!  In the meantime we have been strawberry picking, and trying to get as many of those delicious berries preserved for the winter as possible!


Have you been to a PYO farm before?  What about this year?

16 comments:

  1. wow what a lovely garden. It is really coming to life with color.

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  2. Excellent work with your garden! I was totally laughing at your bug squishing scenarios! Yeah - I'd be a little squeemish over that. Ick!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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  3. Wow, you've got a lovely flourishing garden going on! I have to admit, I'm a little jealous of all that kale. With so many veggies coming up soon, you'll have plenty of healthy recipe options.

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  4. That has to be one of the most beautiful gardens I've seen, and it's mostly because you have so many veggies and herbs. I really want a garden full of veggies at home as well, it's so convenient and you know that they are of good quality because you grew them yourself!

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  5. It's looking great! Love to see that weekly progression!

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  6. I always think it's so exciting when I begin to see the first veggies of the season in my garden. Tomatoes are my favorite to grow. And eat!

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  7. You are a lot braver than me squishing bugs but as you said you need to cultivate your garden without being destroyed by pests. It is coming along nicely isn't it?

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  8. This is the fun time of year! I love that you squash bugs now without thinking twice. There's no way a bug is going to overcome all my hard work!

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  9. I need your lethal bug squishing skills! But your garden really is looking great and I look forward to seeing how your plants keep growing. I think I need your green thumb too!

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  10. You have a dream garden, and must be a wonderful feeling to harvest your own garden.My garden is progress but can't compare to yours.

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  11. I'm glad all your fresh veggies are flourishing. Thank goodness you've been able to control the pest population.

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  12. Omg! So much progress!!!! How exciting that your garden is coming along so fabulously!

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  13. Incredible! It's looking great. I can't believe how much it has grown and flourished since week one.

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  14. Your plants are looking amazing, growing my green thumb is for sure something on my list! Love seeing the progress and hope that you continue to have so much success with what you have planted.

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  15. Wow, so much growth, it looks amazing!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  16. Thanks for showcasing your pretty growing garden!!! I love it and I hope one day I can have a growing garden too!

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