The garden is growing well despite the fact we have had little to no rain at all in the last few weeks. We have drained the rain barrels and have been doing our best to keep everything from drying out without drying out the well. It has not been easy, but so far so good.
We are eating kale, Swiss chard, strawberries, beets, carrots, cucumbers, onions, zucchinis, peppers, tomatoes and herbs. The green beans are almost ready. Reece and I tested a few yesterday, but they need another day or two. The watermelon looks great, but no sign of any melons yet. First year for this, Reece saw it at a garden center we visited and wanted to give it a try. The eggplants are getting ready to blossom and the wild raspberries around our property have provided many wonderful afternoons of picking.
The bugs I mentioned in my last garden update have moved on, yay!! And the good news is the sunflowers won the battle and are standing tall, getting ready to bloom.
So, grab a cup of tea and take a little stroll with me:
|Tomatoes!!! Everyday there are new red ones ready to be picked|
|Yellow pear tomatoes|
|A butternut squash, one of Reece's favourite winter vegetables|
|The kale and chard garden...my favourite|
|Beet juice is often on the meal plan in the morning...delish!|
|Green beans...not sure how many of these will make it into the house, we eat them straight up :)|
|Another one almost ready|
|A bee enjoying my yellow echinacea|
|Gorgeous lilies...I counted 26 open yesterday and still more to bloom..their scent fills our yard|
|A lovely little field of goose necks in one of my gardens|
Hope you enjoyed the walk around our garden. How is your garden growing?
Wow, Kim your yard is amazing!ReplyDelete
Mine is not as large but I have many tomatoes and some peppers, I am just starting up to learn about it!
Thanks so much Karin-Ida :)Delete
Wow! Absolutely deliciously beautiful!ReplyDelete
Looking beautiful Kim! We're about to be overrun with tomatoes. I'm planning my upcoming canning days. And this weekend we'll be up to our elbows in green, yellow & purple beans so I think we'll be pickling as we snack. With our move this year I won't be freezing as much as I did last year so it's to the pickle jars they go!ReplyDelete
Thanks Lisa! I usually do a ton of freezing, but I think this year there will be a little more canning and less freezing...we will see how it goes.Delete
looks fantastic! I especially love the kale/chard field.ReplyDelete
Thanks Taryn, my favourite part too!Delete
Our lilies opened a few days ago too! And I laughed at the 'no rain in a few weeks'. For us it can be upwards of 8 months (on dry years) with no rain. Usually more like 6 months with one or two weak drizzles in between. Wells are dug deep around here...and dry farming is understandably gaining in popularity.ReplyDelete
Everything looks so lovely!
I can't imagine that long without rain. It is strange for us to go that long without any. Our well is pretty deep, 140 feet, but when we don't get any rain I worry, you just never know, right?
You have such a lovely and abundant garden. Ours is not doing so well with the constant 100 degree F plus temperatures, but our cucumbers and basil are doing pretty well!ReplyDelete
Thanks Sara. There are a lot of people who are in the same boat this year, sadly. Glad to hear at least something is surviving the warm weather you are having.Delete
It looks great - we're in Maine for the week and I'm hoping we return to garden without too much work to do! Love the sunflowers.ReplyDelete
Thanks Gretchen. Here's hoping the garden took real food care of itself while you were gone :) Enjoy the rest of your week.Delete
everything looks delicious! i have so many green tomatoes right now but they seem to be taking forever to turn red! i'm suffering the woes of the trials of container gardening- everything was thriving last month and now most of everything is declining rapidly. but i just keep telling myself that i'm still in the early stages of learning to container garden and this year's garden is much better than last year's :)ReplyDelete
It is all a process isn't it? I find too we learn so much more when things don't go as planned. Hoping your tomatoes turn red soon :)Delete
Your garden makes me hungry! :)ReplyDelete
I'm excited about your butternut squash, one of my favorites.
Me too, on both accounts. I wish there were more squashes, I seem to be getting a ton of male flowers and not too many females. A ton of buds to open in the next few days, but they too appear to be all male :(Delete
omg.... such plentiful boon!!!! I am jealous of your beets... and even more jealous of your ability to have beet juice most mornings. Beets are a high oxalate food and I suffer from recurrent kidney stones. blah. blah!!!ReplyDelete
enjoy some beet juice for me!!!
Thanks Jules. And I will think of you when I am drinking the next glass of beet juice :)Delete
I'm glad the bugs moved on! Your garden is awesome - and inspiring, too. I guess it's an example of what can be done if you're prepared to put the work into it:-)ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the stroll - thank you!
Me too! Thanks so much Vicky, glad you enjoyed the stroll :)Delete
Lovely pics and delicious looking garden!! Yumm. We have new ripe tomatoes in our patch too every day and one larger watermelon and one little one growing.ReplyDelete
Thanks! We just peeked a little watermelon starting to grow, Reece is just tad bit excited about it :)Delete