Sunday, July 11, 2010

The State of the Garden

In a word, the state of the garden is: weedy. This always happens. We start the year with boundless energy and are immediately rewarded with tons of lettuce, peas, and herbs. But then there hits a lull before the next round, and we let things go. But we're starting our next round with beans, peppers, and tomatoes, so it was time this weekend to pay the piper and pull the weeds.

So what did I find?

Bell and Jalapeno Peppers.
Baby Bell Pepper 071010

Jalapeno Peppers 071010

Pole Beans (I could have sworn these were a "bush" variety when I planted them).
Pole Beans 071010

Tomato plants thick with fruit.
Roma Tomatoes 071010

Tomatoes thinking about blushing.
Tomatoes 071010

Another volunteer tomato growing between beds. I let it grow, because I think it's resilience should be rewarded. I do not have high hopes.
Tomato Volunteer 071010

I must have planted the cucumbers later this year. We're usually sick of them by this point, but this year we only have blossoms so far.
Wannabe Cucumbers 071010

Of course there was some failures. Something has been destroying our eggplant. Rather than taking early action we were hoping it would just correct itself. Notsomuch.
Eggplant Crop Failure 071010
Eggplant FAIL.

Nola has done a good job of keeping the critters at bay.
Garden Watch Dog 071010

It's a tough job but somebody has to do it.
Garden watch dog is tired
Do not mind the weeds in the background. They have been significantly reduced. I spent over an hour just pulling weeds and managed to nearly fill a 20 gallon garbage can. My back is sore.

2 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Knittripps said...

Very nice!

I can only assume that weedy is how gardens in Iowa are supposed to look this time of year? (only half joking I am afraid)

~RaenWa~ said...

Your garden is looking great & filled with all sorts of yummies along with a very cute dog.

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