Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back in the Garden

It's been three weeks since I've been in our garden.  Yes, I missed it.  But what a delight to go and see how it has changed after three weeks.

Here's a brief photo tour
cabbage patch under row cover, corn in back (early and late)
Ground cherries
peppers


butternut squash
zucchini
carrot patch
tomatoes - overgrown with lots of fruit
broccoli - seconds, first heads picked earlier in July
the cabbage patch
first carrots
Thanks to Darryl and my friend and blog post contributor, Leanne, the peas, broccoli and zucchini found a good home.

All in all, things look great!  Thanks to the hot, dry weather we've been having, everything (including the weeds) seems to have grown at a manageable pace.  We have not watered the garden at all.  Now, I'm debating whether to continue to not water, or like many of my fellow gardeners, to start hauling water and provide a refreshing soak to our plants (peppers and tomatoes in particular).

Of course, watering plants that are trying to produce crisp, juicy fruit is ideal and will produce the best results.  Consistent watering will also help alleviate problems like Blossom End Rot (BER) for plants like peppers, tomatoes and squash (BER post coming soon).   But, it's a lot of work and it requires consistent efforts.  Down at the gardens it means either hauling barrels of water from home or slopping buckets of water from the river - either way, it requires a lot of dedication.

For now, I'll see how it goes and hope that our plants have sent their roots down deep enough to get at the moisture trapped from our wet spring.

In the meantime, I'll enjoy the leftovers from our "Through the Garden Soup" that I made last night - a little bit of everything tossed in some frozen chicken soup stock we made in the winter (onion, carrots, celery, beets, beans, broccoli, dill, oregano, basil, parsley).  

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