It's summer in the garden. That's a
time when every plant is happily growing, adding leaves and fruits
continuously. Since primary season has ended I've had time to
plant. I now have an amazing variety of things in the ground, and
many of them are doing quite well.
That yellow bucket is my weed bin. I
figure I've done something after I've managed to fill it with
weeds. Sometimes that's easy. The first time I went out weeding
after my vacation trip back east I filled it in half an hour.
Sometimes it takes hours. Filling it with Bermuda grass (crab
grass) takes hours, especially if you spend the time you need to
do to fill it with roots. If all you do is cut off the leaves the
stuff will be back almost instantly.
These are most of the flowers I'm
having good luck with. The Dahlia takes almost no work, just a bit
of water every time I'm out watering. The rose thrives on much
less water, but every now and then I need to deadhead them to keep
the flowers coming. Now that I know how to do it that's no big
deal. Just cut the flower off above a stem with five leaves on it.
That motivates the plant to put out another bloom. One of the
master gardeners told me that those pink flowers I'm growing are
on a "Garden Party" rose bush. She finds that apropos.
There are a couple of other rose
bushes, but right now they aren't in bloom. The white bloomed one
had a ton of blooms on it. I told this woman down the way to help
herself to as many blooms as she wanted and poof! No more rose
blooms on that plant. I'm not complaining. The purple one only
puts out one or two blooms at a time, and right now I'm waiting
for another one. I don't know the names of either of those bushes.
I took out the other rose bush months ago. I just didn't like the
flowers enough. I've been growing beans in that spot since.
The horseradish continues to thrive
without any water at all.
My tomato bushes are doing great.
I've been eating my fill of tomatoes all of August from these four
plants. I had so many that I took a shopping bag of the things
with me to the Green Party of Santa Clara County meeting and
passed them out as "surplus inventory."
I also took that cucumber and that
pepper. Andrew got the pepper. I think the guy in the lavender
shirt I've never met before got the cucumber. I seem to get about
one fruit a week from each of those plants.
The cucumber plants seem to be doing
okay, but they seem to always want more water.
The collard greens continue to feed
me a meals worth of greens a week or something like that. I really
like how they just grow and grow, and don't seem to mind the
grazing that I inflict on them. Delicious and nutritious to.
Collard greens are a very sensible crop!
In fact, I like collards so much
that I've just planted a couple of tree collard cuttings. Thank
you Gene! Supposedly once they develop I'll get more than enough
greens just from those two plants. I'm hoping they grow!
The beans are another thing that's
doing well. The plants climb all over everything, show flowers for
a few days and then go to work churning out bean pods. I've had a
few green and they were quite delicious. I'm going to be planting
them again for sure.
This is a picture of the Bermuda
grass before I started my eradication campaign. Since this picture
was taken I've been pulling a bucket of the stuff out every day.
The grapes are just starting to get
sweet. I put bird cloth over the vines to protect them from birds.
Hopefully I'll have a nice grape harvest in a few weeks or a month
or something like that.
I had to cut a few branches that were climbing on the tomato cages
to get good coverage with the bird cloth.
The eggplant was doing great until
the birds discovered it. I went out there one day and every
eggplant had peck marks on it. I decided that the time had come to
harvest the stuff. Had it all in one meal. Tasted like eggplant.
I got two okras out of the the okra
plant. Then some critter ate all of the leaves. Since then it's
just been a healthy looking stalk in the garden. Grrr....
The pumpkin seems to be doing great!
It seems like I under watered the plant or something like that,
because a lot of the leaves have died. I'm not sure what caused
that, but the master gardener said the plant is fine. Maybe it's
just giving up because it's done making the pumpkin. She said
those nodules on the flesh are called "sugar spots."
I have something like a dozen corn
plants that seem to be doing okay. When I took this picture I
thought that was the only ear I had in the garden, but I've since
noticed many others. Now there is at least one ear on each of the
corn plants. I'm wondering how to decide when to pick it.
I'm better at picking lettuce when
it's ready to eat than I was the first time I planted it. Still
haven't mastered getting them the right amount of water though.
These flowers aren't on my plot,
they are near the gate. I just took the pictures of them because
they are good looking. Enjoy!