Alas it is that tricky time of year when summer is not yet over but the back-to-school hustle and bustle makes you realize that fall is right around the corner. Plus, we have pumpkins turning orange in the garden - a brilliant color that screams fall in my eyes. In anticipation of the new season I have also planted new seeds in the pallet garden after freshening up the soil with a store bought organic mix. This is something new for me since I usually throw in the gardening towel by this time of year. New seedlings are already popping up! How excited am I about these new plant babies? Probably far more excited than any nongardener could possibly understand.
Seeds for Fall
My Very Favorite Fall Flower - Mums!!!
Oh Garden Baby...wait a bit for that wooly hat!
Just last week when my dad brought me beautiful cucumbers grown from the plants I gave him I complained that my garden had grown none. Well, I was wrong. While searching for pumpkin babies to photograph, I discovered some not so little cucumbers hidden between the vines and under the large leaves. A look back to my planting map shows a Marketmore Cucumber in the back corner of the bed. I forgot! This my friends is one of my favorite parts of gardening - the surprises! Sometimes, for instance, a plant looks like it isn't going to make it but comes back and does very well like the tomato plants in my borrowed bed. They looked so poorly for a while that I planted new plants directly next to them which explains the overcrowding, lack of fruit problem I now face.
In other garden news, the Tavera Beans provided a lovely side for dinner one evening. Garden baby wasn't all over them in raw form as you can see. She preferred them much better cooked lightly and dressed with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of coarse salt. We are also picking raspberries everyday and have gotten a few ripe tomatoes here and there. The peppers are doing pretty well also. The large amount of rain this season has brought us has me a bit worried about the bucket tomatoes. The soil is constantly wet and the plants are looking yellowish. I'm thinking that I should have drilled more drainage holes and placed the buckets on a frame of some sort that would allow the water to flow out easier. Always something to learn when gardening!
Scenes from the Garden
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!
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!