Tommy’s plant grew beans! He hoped and hoped for at least one bean and feared for his little plant during every heavy rain storm. Well, he got two beans and we were all very excited. Thank you little bean plant.
During certain events in life it is easy to imagine that the world is on pause because you can’t imagine that anything more important is going on than what you are experiencing at that moment. Garden baby, as I mentioned in my last post, picked up a nasty bug. When writing that last post I believed she was on the road to health but instead she landed herself in the hospital for another surgery and a few days on IV antibiotics. She seems to be doing much better and the world did not stop as evidenced by my garden…or should I say jungle.
The tomato plants are huge and overgrown, the compost pumpkins have grown into large plants that are threatening to take over, and the pole beans are a tangled mess. The tomato plants in my borrowed plot of land are more foliage than fruit so I believe some pruning is in order. I have no idea how to prune a tomato plant so luckily LDSPrepper posted a great video on how to do just that. Guess I will give his tips a whirl sometime this week or else we will have to experiment with tomato leaf salad rather than actual tomatoes.
As for the rest of the jungle, some heavy duty weeding will have to take place and possibly the installation of something taller for the tangled pole beans …possibly a pole. Since my zucchini and yellow squash plants have perished for mysterious reasons (Kidnapping? Assassin?), the pumpkin intruders in that plot will stay. Some of the others will have to go or else my garden will turn into a pumpkin patch. I do love pumpkins but I was really hoping for a more diversified garden!
The sign pictured above sits to the left of our back door and it just seems fitting at the moment. Garden baby picked up a real stinker of an illness and we have been battling it for a couple of weeks now. With getting her well as my top priority, chores in and around my home have settled onto the back burner. Luckily for the garden our area has received rain here and there so the plants (most of them anyway) are still chugging along. The beans and peppers do show signs of a pest intrusion though and my zucchini and yellow squash plants have all disappeared except for one. The health of a couple cucumber plants may be in peril also . What should this frazzled gardener do to save her precious plants? I am hoping that a little research this week leads me to an organic solution for my green friends and that garden baby feels well enough to work her magic with them as well.
Soon to Harvest
The Scenic View
"Rain, rain go away. Come again another day," so says the song anyway. My garden welcomed the rain this past week and a traipse through the paths led to many happy finds. Well, mostly happy anyway. How about those mushrooms above? These fungi are everywhere except in the fairy garden where they would be perfect. Take a look at what else is popping up along the Green Brick Road...
They are finally blooming and oh so pretty! These gems are edible too but I have yet to try them. Too pretty to eat.
The marigolds planted from High Mowing Organic Seeds are starting to bloom and neighbor Steve brought me some beautiful geraniums. My grandmother's poppies bloomed during the rain but I still caught a glimpse.
Wee tomatoes, itty bitty peppers, and hints of beans and cucumbers to come. The pallet garden looks just dandy and we're picking strawberries and raspberries. The ugly? Scrawny zucchini that may or may not produce, rabbit nibbled spinach, and holes in the beans. Naturally I only photographed the pretties...
Fairy Garden News
Disaster has struck the fairy garden! I kinda knew that I should have coated the fairy houses with something awful and toxic but was trying to avoid it. As a result, our houses look prematurely weathered. On a positive note, we have some new entries!
Last but not least!
At first glance the poppy plant is raggedy but closer inspection reveals its beauty. What will that green cone become? We will soon find out. Stay posted!
Welcome to The Green Brick Road. My name is Valerie, and I invite you to join me and my family on our gardening adventure. We hope that you will learn with us and grow with us. Pun intended!