Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Early Summer Garden Update

I think that it's time for a quick update on my garden's progress.

If you are following my garden posts, you know that I have been plagued by pest and soil born nasty stuff that makes my leaves wilt and die.

I have been a pretty strict vegetarian for most of my life, and am currently a light
pescetarian (mostly because I feel too busy to pay close attention to my balanced nutrition as a veg.) I subscribed to Mother Earth News way back in 1978, studied the use of medicinal herbs (the legal ones,) and had a compost bin long before being green was in vogue.

Why do I share all of this? Because I long to be an organic gardener and I don't use pesticides lightly.

The organic methods didn't work...the spray is doing the trick. I hate to say it...but it's true.

Hopefully I sprayed in a super limited area, none of these items are even close to harvest, and I won't have to preform the dastardly deed again. Fingers crossed.

Happy lettuce. We had the wonderful Sizzling Goat Cheese Salad last night. YUMMY!!!

Cabbage is coming along nicely. You can still see the bug damage on the older leaves.

Broccoli looking good. Where are those heads?? They need to form soon as the heat will be too much for a cool weather crop.

Kohlrabi - I grew this for my Dad. He loves kohlrabi. I remember eating it with him as a child.

The eggplant is still struggling. Again, you can see the older damaged leaves - but the new leaves are looking good.

Yellow squash just about ready to be harvested.

The Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes are almost ready to be tied. I do have a few tiny tomatoes on the vines. :)

The Black Beans are coming along too. They should start blooming in a few day.

Muskmelons are trying to come back from the bug attack. They like the heat so we are going to be stalled for the next few days.

Pumpkins - not sure how successful I am going to be.

I am keeping a close eye on the corn. It seems to be doing well.

We are well past the "knee high by the 4th of July" point. Whew!

Now for my sad story - look at my sunflowers!!!! Rascals have eaten them all. All I have left is stubs.
Okay...who did?? Fess up. Was it the deer or the groundhog?

More damage by the critters. My blackberries are looking pretty sad too. :(

And because I always like to end with a happy picture - here is a shot of my flower basket that I planted and that I look at many times a day, just outside my kitchen window. It makes me smile.

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