From The Garden: Summer Garden 2017

Our garden exploded in the summer months. The beautiful spring bulbs gave way to a wave of green, purple yellow and white.

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I found this little guy hiding behind some weeds along the side of the house.

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And these are our peonies from our house in the country. They always do well. Not bad for a fifty-year-old plant. My lavender is doing well too. I want to see just how big it can get.

 

Mother decided she likes the cedar mulch to keep the weeds down so we’ve been putting it on the garden, and then put some under the evergreens that run along the property line.

 

 

We don’t have much in the way of fall flowers. Maybe I’ll take some pictures of trees turning. I’ve seen a few already. The usually start about the beginning of August.

State of the Garden; August 28, 2014 [with pictures!]

The season is over. At least for some of the garden.

This year wasn’t bad. We had a lot of rain and very little sun, so everything grew like mad, but hardly ripened. Case in point, our tomatoes. As you can see, there’s a pile of tomatoes, and after I prune the bushes, they’re starting to ripen. This picture was taken a few days ago.

Tomates

Tomates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchini and Cucumber

Zucchini and Cucumber

 

Everything is taking longer this year, well not the zucchini. It did really well even though we only got about half a dozen fruit off it. I gave a couple to my mother, and we had about four. Then the plant just started to die off. Squash bugs. Not impressed. We got about four cucumbers this year too.

 

 

 

Overcrowding

Overcrowding

Another problem was crowding. With the cabbage and Brussel sprouts, half the garden was taken. Husband put in an extra tomato plant and it went wild, covering half the onions and a pepper plant. Speaking of peppers, they did well, once they got a little bigger. The green pepper plant isn’t as big as others we’ve had, again, it must be because of the short amount of sun. Hot peppers aren’t that hot, according to Husband and he hasn’t tried the jalapenos yet. Onions did well, but were stepped on several times. Mainly to get around the cabbage.

 

Butternut squash

Butternut squash

Pumpkin!

Pumpkin!

The barrel experiment did really well, until Sithboy mowed over the vines, and then we got powdery mildew on the leaves, and that was that. We lost two squash and a couple melons, but managed to grow a pumpkin!

 

 

 

 

Front Flower Garden August 2014

Front Flower Garden August 2014

Flower garden? It kinda took on a life of its own. I gave up on it when the tall multi-coloured flowers started falling over. My glads did not produce a flower stalk and the fucias and petunias didn’t get a lot of sun so they didn’t spread.

 

We’re thinking about expanding the garden to a 10×10 lot more in the middle of the lawn for next year.

And now…the end is near…

…end of the growing season, that is.

I did have pictures for this post, but I forgot to take them off Husbands phone.

Fall is in full bloom up here. The leaves have turned and most of the trees are bare. The nights are much cooler and the birds are flocking together. I’ve even had the wood stove going a few times. I live in a small farming community so the field equipment is out in full force too. So here’s how my growing season racked up.

Veggie Garden

What a mess. I lost complete control of the veggie garden right around the middle of July. I had good intentions and didn’t buy as many plants as before, but we had two weeks of rain followed by one week of good weather, then another two weeks of rain. By the time I got back out to the garden the damn thing had gone wild. My tomato plants took up half the garden (I couldn’t find my cages anywhere) and the vine plants too up the other half. Anything in the middle was either choked out, or in the case of my carrots—munched on.  I really thought I was going to have a good crop of carrots, but something came and ate the fleshy part of the stalk where the stalk meets the root. All of them, gone. The squash we planted gave several fruit, but we had an infestation of some kind of aphid-looking bug but that that was that. By the time they were ready to be harvested, all but one had holes in them. I’m not even sure I want to do a veggie garden next year.

Flower Garden

Another out of control garden. Last year when I planted the perennials, they looked good. This year, they took over so much that you couldn’t see the annuals I had. A couple plants were so tall that when it rained they leaned over the walk way and Husband almost wiped out. We’re going to transplant them this weekend (weather permitting). They need more room than the small area in front of the house.

How was your growing season?

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