Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A garden update

Well, I realize I’ve been away a while. But, I want you to know that I’ve been busy! The acupuncture and physical therapy are helping me get on with my life. The pain isn’t gone, but it’s lessened. So, I’m keeping at it! And I’m so happy to be in my garden again…

Cajun bell pepper Anaheimred hot chili peppers

The peppers are thriving in this heat. Above is a Cajun bell pepper (spicy sweet!), Anaheim pepper, and red hot chili pepper.

I also have red bell peppers, mammoth jalapeño peppers, and sweet banana peppers. They’re just not producing yet.

Amish Muskmelonno germinationsugar baby watermelon

The Amish muskmelon in doing well, but I do have a mound that didn’t germinate. Rats! Also above is sugar baby watermelon.

black beauty zucchini squashyellow squash blossomsyellow crookneck squash

I love summer squash. In my garden are black beauty zucchini (left) and yellow crookneck (right). 

I saw the first blossoms forming yesterday! (middle) Look closely at the base of the stems.

Black beaty eggplantLemon cucumberHomestead Tomatoes 

All six of my black beauty eggplants (left) germinated this year. Yay! And the lemon cucumbers (middle) are coming up nicely. But, I must say, the Homestead tomatoes (right) are enjoying a glorious year. I’ve never seen them do so well. I’ll always have some of these in my garden.

brandywinerosecherokee purplegold medal green zebra

Also in my garden are Brandywine, Rose, Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple, and Gold Medal (left to right). I have Jubilee Yellow as well, but the photo didn’t make it. There are two of each variety above, and 9 Homestead tomato plants. I’m gonna be up to my ears in tomatoes very soon!

green homestead tomatoestomato bloomshappiness is tomatoes 

Just look… above are clusters of Homestead tomatoes. The plants are absolutely covered in blossoms. Yay!

Jubilee Yellowclemson spineless okracontender bush bean

Oh, my! Here’s my Jubilee Yellow (left). I knew I snapped it! Along with Clemson spineless okra (middle) and Contender bush beans (right).

Ennis twiningtwineclimbing beans

We planted 10 (TEN!) rows of pole beans. The only economical way to stake these babies was with large wooden stakes and twine. The stakes are about 6 ft. apart, and the twine is ran between each stake, one foot off the ground, and up the stake at one foot intervals. Very inexpensive and easy to do. Be sure to use strong nylon twine and thick sturdy stakes for this – those beans will be heavy.

DanielTrucker's favorite cornrow hopping       

I don’t know if you’ve noticed how dry the ground is, but it’s D-R-Y. We’ve been irrigating a couple times a week, but it just doesn’t do the job like a good rain does. We’re praying for rain. It’s been 2 weeks since we’ve had a good rain, and we’re having 90+ degree days already. You can see our Trucker’s Favorite corn in the middle photo above.

the garden

I’m amazed at the difference one month makes in a garden. Just look!


inadvertent farmer said...

LOVE you new blog! Your garden is just are so far ahead of us here in the rainy Northwest! How about you send some sun my direction and I'll share our rain!

I'm adding you to my garden/farm blogroll. Kim

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Melissa! Your garden is looking'll have a lot of produce to process eventually but it will feel SO GOOD. I haven't been able to get into my garden for a couple of weeks because of the storms and rain but hopefully it will clear up soon and I can get out there and get rid of all the elm tree's that sprouted all over the garden and the crab grass that's rearing it's ugly head again. I hope one day I'll get that under control. I need to go back and re-seed some of my rows but thats ok...I'm just happy to have a garden again. I'm glad you're feeling somewhat better with the acupuncture and physiotherapy. Enjoy your garden! Take care....Maura:)

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

Your garden is looking fabulous, Melissa! I'd trade you some cool for a bit of heat - perhaps it would even us both out! If we reach 70 I'll be grateful! Nights are still hovering around 32 degrees at times. But we have been blessed with an exceptional amount of rain this year. Can't remember when it's been so steady into the season.

Janean said...

we're trying hard not to have *garden envy!* ;)

Melissa said...

Kim, I certainly appreciate you adding me to your blogroll! And trust me, if I could send you sun for rain, we'd trade today.

Maura, I know what you mean about the weeds. I launched my war on them this year with straw. I'm hoping it helps keep the water in and the weeks out.

Amy, I can't believe you are still having night temps of 32 degrees! Wow! I hope it warms up for you soon and that your garden does well. Good for you with the rainfall!

Sue said...

wow it's really coming along. I'm glad to see you are back on your feet. Feel free to come down under take some of our rain, everything is flooding down here, we really need some sunshine before winter really sets in.
take care

Melissa said...

Sue, it feels good to be getting things done again. I hope the rain lets up and you get some of that sunshine you're after.