Double double garden update

Yikes! Time flies when you are not blogging.  There has been a lot of activity and unusual schedules around the homestead this past week.  I am glad to get back to normal with a double double garden update.  Double because it will cover both of my gardens and double double because I am going to cover 2 weeks for each.

Let’s start with the remote garden.  Once again Hubs tilled up the beans and between the squash plants.

squash plants

They are all looking neat and tidy, not to mention healthy.

bean bloom rows

In fact, here is a closeup of future beans.  Lots of blossoms –  yay!

Bean blossoms

The cucumbers are sprawling around like mad.

Cucumbers sprawling

Looky here, a baby cucumber and tons of blossoms.

tiny cucumber

Last, but not least.  The bounty of black and red raspberries chillin’ in the fridge.  The final tally was about 10 quarts plus what we ate as we picked (at least another two quarts).

berries chillin

Check out how huge this Jewel black raspberry is.  Wow.  It was the size of a quarter and as tasty as it looks.

huge berry

2 weeks later…

Bountiful produce haul

Almost a peck of green beans, half a peck of peppers and three ginormous zucchini.  A nice harvest.  Believe it or not, we could not find a large enough cucumber to pick.  They may just be hiding and we will be in for a big surprise when we find them.

Back at home a sea of tomato blossoms and lots of tomatoes ready to turn red.

seaoftomatoeblossoms

A jalapeno plant falling over loaded with peppers.

jalapenos in black plastic

And bell peppers galore.

loaded bell pepper plant

The zucchinis are almost ready to eat.

zucchini baby

And more blooms harken many more to come, but we have some visitors.  I am happy to see all the bees, but those troublesome little cucumber beetles.  Something may have to be done about them so they don’t get out of hand.

zucchiniblossomvisitors

I don’t have a harvest pictures, because I have been a bit hands off this week, we kind of pick by the meal and mostly because Hub just does not document as he goes.  In a couple days I will post another garden update.  I would like to address some decorating projects that I have been making slow progress on in between.

The remote garden is growing well and a garden update

I have a garden update on how well my remote garden is growing.  I know that I have mentioned it before, but I have not take any photos of it this year.

We were able to pick about 5 quarts of black raspberries.  They were just coming ripe and now they are at peak.

Raspberries ripe and ready

The Hubs had just freshly tilled between the rows of green beans, which were looking good.  The remote garden has been such a saving grace.  I am too embarrassed of what the green beans in the home garden look like to even show a picture.  Poor germination, yellowing leaves and overtaken by grass.  These babies are doing great.  Plenty to harvest to eat fresh and to freeze for winter.

green beans in rows

He also tilled around the pumpkins and squash.  The vine crops are off to a great start too.

Pumpkins and sqaush

The cucumbers are loving their happy home under the black plastic.

cucumber plants gaining size

The peppers are looking great and have lots of small fruits as they grow along side the beans.

Peppers and beans

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

I spotted this amazing spider web sight when I glanced out the window.  Later, without the morning dew, it was not nearly as impressive or imposing.

huge spider web filled with dewThe pepper plants are loaded!  All the necessary ingredients for stuffed hot banana peppers are awaiting harvest any day now…

Lots of peppers on the plants

We can see developing tomatoes along with oodles of blossoms.

Tomatoes and blossomsOur first zucchini is just a few days away.  Eggplants and okra are steadily developing fruits and getting larger.

Eggplants and okraThe sunflowers continue to climb to the heavens.

Sunflower height is increasingCheck out this super heavy duty hose cart the Hubs ordered.  Aesthetically, it is not so great, but can be wheeled out of sight quite easily.  It is super functional when you have 300 feet of hose to wrangle.  It came from AM Leo and if it is as good as every other tool that we have purchased from them, it will serve us well for some time.  (Seriously, check them out.  I am in no way getting compensated for this endorsement.)

The new hose cart

I am eager to start eating all of this tasty produce.  Then when we are overwhelmed, the food preservation will begin.  This weekend I am going to make jelly and jams.  The deep freezer needs a thorough cleaning and defrosting, so I will get to that as well.  We also plan on tilling up those awful green beans and plant a fall crop along with peas.  I so want peas.  We did not get this veggie garden started early enough for spring crops this year.

Early blooms and produce another garden update

The weather here has been great!  Hot days, rain every couple of days, the plants are loving it.  There are lots of early blooms on everything. I am almost ready to harvest my first pepper.  I have probably had my first pepper come due in June before, but never this early in the month.  This guy isn’t quite ready to harvest yet, but it will be within days.

huge hungarian pepper

Not only that, look how loaded the plant is with more peppers.

pepper abundane

I am seeing a lot of stuffed Hungarian peppers in my future and it looks tasty.

Also, look at all the blooms on the tomato plants!!!

tomato blossomsAnd teeny tiny buds on the eggplants.  They are such pretty flowers, they are worth growing even if you don’t eat eggplant.

eggplant_flower_buds

The hostas are also full of buds that are ready to open.  In the past they have always bloomed around the second week of July.

Hosta buds early blooms

My Gooseberry plants are loaded with fruit.  I am hoping to have enough to make some jam.

gooseberries loaded with fruit

I have also had a chance to do some rearranging and redesign.  Remember how I am trying to create some lower maintenance in the gardens?  I planted some green and white hostas in concentric rings underneath the apple tree at the end of this garden.  They radiate out in a tight pattern from the apple tree’s trunk.  They look pretty sad right now and the pattern is hard to see, but I think it will look really cool next spring when they all fill in.  I’m going for a hosta ground cover that will help to keep the weeds down.  Fingers crossed.

hostas_formationLast, but no least, the kids are loving all the visitors that have been showing up in the gardens.  Here is this little guy that we found a few days ago.  the stump of an overgrown evergreen that I hacked apart is a nice place to hide and probably a great place to catch a buggy meal.

garden toad