Where has the time gone? Already July and I am just getting to a garden update. June was super busy with the end of the school year and kids activities. After all of that a bit of R&R was in order. This past Independence Day weekend was the first time I felt like I had a moment.
So here is my garden update. I have never had a garden look this good. Not. Ever. The extreme heat, coupled with measured irrigation has allowed everything to grow so well. It has been wonderful for the tomatoes and peppers.
The tomatoes are loaded with blossoms.
the leaves on the okra are huge!
The Zucchini plants look amazing and have 4″ long fruits on them. the eggplant, tomatillos and ground cherries also look extremely healthy.
I harvested the last of my snap peas and took a cutting of broccoli. when the broccoli is all done we will till in the foliage and prep our fall crops in that area. We have to be careful because we have at least a dozen “volunteer” tomatoes that are looking beautiful.
Everything looks a bit short this year. Like the plants can’t afford to get too tall. The only problem that I can report are some unwanted visitors.
That being said, I feel for the farmers though. As I drive around town, I see them irrigating their fields, something they don’t normally need to do. Irrigating is not, to my knowledge, even a standard practice for most Western New York farms.
How about you, how does your garden grow?
We had a couple rainy days, but that is not going to stop this garden update. A constant, droning drizzle that is excellent for gardens, but that keeps people in the house. Most people, don’t garden in the rain, that is. Crazy people like me that get free perennials, get bundled up and go out and plant stuff.
This “Sum and Substance” hosta was orphaned by my mother in law. She lost a tree that gave it the perfect shade and did not have a spot to transplant such a large variety. I was happy to fill in some space one on each end of a long yew shrub. You can see that this hosta is a bit yellowed from excessive sun exposure, but this shady spot should turn it a deep healthy green.
While I was out there, I checked the fall garden and grabbed a couple of peppers for dinner. The pea plants are thick and beautiful. The beans look great too.
The hoop house is full of sturdy seedlings. After the rain we are supposed to have a good stretch of sun and nice weather. That will get these crops growing well. Radishes, turnips, rutabagas, kale, Swiss chard, carrots and bunching onions. This is our first time using a hoop house and I am excited to extend our season.
The okra, eggplant and tomatillos still look great and are loaded with fruit.
The pepper plants are loaded with fruits and many are turning such pretty sunset colors.
I was able to roast a couple of pecks and freeze them up for winter use.
Sadly tomatoes are coming to their end…so sad.
I have been on the prowl for some more perennials in my garden, bargain perennials, especially. I am seriously lacking summer color.
Daisies and Lillies were some of the plants on my want list, so when I spotted these on the garden center sale rack, I had to take them home.
Marked down to $3/ pot (with an original price of $11.98) they were like four for the price of one.
They just needed some love and to get into the ground.
I have been watering them every other day and so far they are looking better.
The days around here have been very busy. The harvests are bountiful. We have been preserving food like crazy, eating largely vegetarian meals and giving away produce to friends, family and coworkers.
Our vine crops at our remote garden are looking good – we have some nice mature squash and pumpkins that are ready to fully mature soon.
This guy is mostly orange already.
check out some of my baby pictures…
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A lovely little fall berry crop is slowly coming in too.
Just when I thin that I have canned, frozen and dehydrated all of it…
I have also been working on some decorating and remodeling projects (mostly that is Hubs) and I am taking pics. I want to share, but it is just too crazy in this good weather I have to deal with garden and produce as a priority.