|Pictured above is a box of chard leaves, a small pile of yellow and green pole beans, a sugar baby watermelon, 4 cucumbers, 1 zucchini, 1 rutger tomato, and 10 baby roma mini tomatoes.|
I decided to document the garden one morning, so now you get to come with me on a mid-August garden tour!
Here's a look at our own "cucurbit-family" patch from just outside the fence.
|Pumpkins, Cucumbers, Sugar baby watermelon, snake and swan gourds, zucchini, more pumpkins, more cucumbers, butternut squash, and what I think is a sweet meat squash.|
Next, in the same bed, you can see our beets (3 varieties, one being obscured by the leafy chard), chard, and chives (and parsley from last year that has gone to seed.) Every plant here looks happy and healthy.
Then you turn around and take a closer look at the cucurbit-family patch only to be admitted to the horror show.
|Poor pumpkin plant|
The cucumbers and melons haven't been hit as hard, but the bugs are there as well. It's nice to see some fruit on the vines amid the terrifying infestation beneath the leaves.
|This pumpkin plant got really big. I've had to train the vines to wrap around the plant just to keep it from wandering outside the fence. We have quite a few pumpkins on the plant, but I can see the squash bugs here too.|
|Our zucchini didn't get picked for 2 weeks while we were gone, and gave us 6 gigantic zucchinis. Then it took a couple weeks before it started producing again.|
|Blossom-end rot on a roma tomato|
|2 varieties of cabbage- Flat Dutch and Golden Acre.|
|We have 9 cabbage plants in all.|
|From front to back you see 2 rows of lima beans (for Tame Dame #2), 2 rows of peppers (perhaps some of the smallest plants you've ever seen), 2 rows of red onions, and 2 rows of potatoes (Yukon gold, and purple potatoes).|
The carrot bed is beautiful to behold. So full and frondy!
Parsnips are pulling through, too.
Now, back to the tomatoes. I've found some of our favorite brandywine tomatoes growing on thick vines.
The varieties of little tomatoes seem to be doing really well.
They're the first ripe tomatoes we've had.
Now, turn back around, and you'll see our first rattlesnake pole bean hanging down and ready for the pickins.
We have 6 bamboo pyramids of pole beans. Some poles didn't get any vines to climb them, and some got several. Weird.
|The lima beans are a bush bean and should start producing soon. I see flowers.|
This is the first time I planted onions from sets. I sorta expected them to be bigger than this by now. I wonder if we're just going to have small onions.
The purple potatoes are flowering up beautifully. The yukons aren't at all.
The corn is tasseling. The 3 varieties were supposed to grow at different intervals and tassel out about 2 weeks apart, but that's not what they're doing. The strongest stalk of every variety has begun to tassel out at the same time. That's probably bad news for our strawberry popcorn, but only time will tell.
|Pretty corn tassels.|
|Love how this onion curled over and is blossoming on the ground.|
|The onions don't look very bulby.|
|I love this picture because it makes my home look like a beautiful villa cottage with a path that leads to the black iron gate of the lucious garden.|
|Purple tomatoes this year!|
|My snack for touring/ tending the garden- sweet summer ripened baby tomatoes!|