Garden Update

I think it’s time to take a little looksee around the garden and see what’s going on in there…

The okra is about waist high and making a few okras a day.

The okra is about waist high and making a few okras a day.


The butterfly row is doing okay.  The fennel is great, the dill is turning brown and dying for some reason right when the cucumbers are doing great and producing.  The monarch way station has a few flowers in it and some rogue birdhouse gourds that weren't in the kit.  Not a great success, but we still got a couple of caterpillars to bring in and watch and we got to see several.

The butterfly row is doing okay. The fennel is great, the dill is turning brown and dying for some reason right when the cucumbers are doing great and producing. The monarch way station has a few flowers in it and some rogue birdhouse gourds that weren’t in the kit. Not a great success, but we still got a couple of caterpillars to bring in and watch and we got to see several.


This tomato bed is thriving and cranking out the maters.

This tomato bed is thriving and cranking out the maters.


There are a few drying beans growing in here and the kohlrabi is finally mostly mature.

There are a few drying beans growing in here and the kohlrabi is finally mostly mature.


The watermelon all suddenly died, so we replanted a week or so ago.  The lavender is doing well though.

The watermelon all suddenly died, so we replanted a week or so ago. The lavender is doing well though.


The herb bed is growing, but being taken over by the sweet potato vines that we planted for some shade.  Not really working out like I wanted, but it's still pretty.  There seems to be a rogue bird house gourd in there as well.  Those things really get around.  :)

The herb bed is growing, but being taken over by the sweet potato vines that we planted for some shade. Not really working out like I wanted, but it’s still pretty. There seems to be a rogue bird house gourd in there as well. Those things really get around. 🙂


Three beds with corn, we have picked three meals worth of corn and are waiting on the silks to dry on the rest.  It's delicious.  Next year we will plant more.  There are some brussel sprouts in the closest bed, they are taking FOREVER to get big enough to eat.  But they sure are cute.

Three beds with corn, we have picked three meals worth of corn and are waiting on the silks to dry on the rest. It’s delicious. Next year we will plant more. There are some brussel sprouts in the closest bed, they are taking FOREVER to get big enough to eat. But they sure are cute.


The squash vine borers killed all the summer squash, so we replanted it and it's starting to peek out.

The squash vine borers killed all the summer squash, so we replanted it and it’s starting to peek out.


This is the asparagus we planted upside down.  It seems to be making a comeback nicely.  Who would have thought?

This is the asparagus we planted upside down. It seems to be making a comeback nicely. Who would have thought?


The artichokes look like dinosaur plants.  No artichokes yet.

The artichokes look like dinosaur plants. No artichokes yet.


There is some Malabar spinach still going strong in here and the pumpkins that we replanted after the borer attack are coming up.  They are cuties.

There is some Malabar spinach still going strong in here and the pumpkins that we replanted after the borer attack are coming up. They are cuties.


Here's a close-up.

Here’s a close-up.


Some super tall sunflowers and a bed of sweet potatoes.  They seem to be doing okay.

Some super tall sunflowers and a bed of sweet potatoes. They seem to be doing okay.


The swiss chard is still going strong.  Behind we have drying beans growing up the fence and some cantaloupes.  They are growing slow, but growing!

The swiss chard is still going strong. Behind we have drying beans growing up the fence and some cantaloupes. They are growing slow, but growing!


Another tomato bed that is coming along nicely.  We have never done this well with tomatoes before.  Pretty cool.

Another tomato bed that is coming along nicely. We have never done this well with tomatoes before. Pretty cool.


Back in the backyard garden, here is a barrel of hot peppers and the mystery volunteer plant.  It has about 35 baseball or larger sized cantaloupes on it and two have slipped off the vine.  We are waiting for the perfect time to eat them.  They were 3 1/2 pounds and 4 pounds in weight.

Back in the backyard garden, here is a barrel of hot peppers and the mystery volunteer plant. It has about 35 baseball or larger sized cantaloupes on it and two have slipped off the vine. We are waiting for the perfect time to eat them. They were 3 1/2 pounds and 4 pounds in weight.


A barrel of zinnias next to the first asparagus bed.  It's growing like crazy!

A barrel of zinnias next to the first asparagus bed. It’s growing like crazy!


A barrel of swiss chard and a barrel of carrots plus a bed of little green beans.  We have done succession planting with green beans so we have some in all stages of growth.  We will keep planting until late august or so.  We have picked quite a few already and enjoyed eating them.  Yummy.  The bed behind the beans has older bean plants, a little more lettuce left, and cucumber vines.

A barrel of swiss chard and a barrel of carrots plus a bed of little green beans. We have done succession planting with green beans so we have some in all stages of growth. We will keep planting until late august or so. We have picked quite a few already and enjoyed eating them. Yummy. The bed behind the beans has older bean plants, a little more lettuce left, and cucumber vines.


This bed was thriving, but now you can see our tomato plants are starting to turn yellow and brown from the bottom up.  I think it's early blight, a soil fungus.  It's still cranking out the tomatoes though.  On the end is a big basil plant.  We planted basil with all of our tomatoes for good flavor.  I don't know if it works, but I know our tomatoes have been outstandingly yummy.  At the other end is a few more carrots that we haven't harvested yet.

This bed was thriving, but now you can see our tomato plants are starting to turn yellow and brown from the bottom up. I think it’s early blight, a soil fungus. It’s still cranking out the tomatoes though. On the end is a big basil plant. We planted basil with all of our tomatoes for good flavor. I don’t know if it works, but I know our tomatoes have been outstandingly yummy. At the other end is a few more carrots that we haven’t harvested yet.


This row is green beans and another container at the end with tomatoes.  These are Brandywines and the vine is massive.  It's cranking out some huge and very tasty tomatoes.

This row is green beans and another container at the end with tomatoes. These are Brandywines and the vine is massive. It’s cranking out some huge and very tasty tomatoes.


We have many things that have not done well this year, but even more that are doing great. We have harvested so much that we have been able to do most of the kid’s meals with garden produce just adding a watermelon or some peaches here and there. I have had to buy onions and a few other things, but we have eaten a lot from the garden and had a little to share. We have even been able to freeze a little bit of green beans from the garden. To me that’s a great success. Someday I would like to have enough produce to last us all year, but for now, this is great progress for a little group of novice gardeners. Me and my little sprouts are having a ball.

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10 Comments

  1. Wow, that garden looks great! You’re growing so many things that I’m not sure how you keep track of all of them haha. My artichokes haven’t done anything yet either. I’m going to add brussels sprouts (yum!) and swiss chard to next year’s planting list 🙂

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