Okay, so here's a mid-summer update on how my first real vegetable garden is doing.
Overall it's doing great! There have been a few losers though - the cauliflower plant is afflicted with some nasty type of bug (I did get 3.5 good heads of cauliflower off of it though, so I guess it's not a total loser!), and our apple tree is losing apples like crazy. And then of course there are the plum trees - nature decided that we didn't need very many plums this year (not only did more than half of the one tree fall, but we ended up cutting a lot of the other one off because it had rotted as well). Knock on wood though, the mole hasn't broken through our defenses (not for lack of trying) and the slugs haven't discovered the tasty treats that await them in the garden. I hope I didn't just jinx myself!
We've had a few duds, but then there are oh so many winners out there too. We've got tomatoes galore growing on the vine (have only gotten ripe cherry tomatoes so far), the rainbow chard is out of control, I've got a whole wine barrel full of spinach that's ready to pick, we've enjoyed several zucchini and yellow squash, the few beets that we planted turned in to a yummy side dish, green beans are going to be ready any day now, there's so much basil that it's starting to bolt (must make and freeze some pesto, stat!), the few leeks that I planted are doing well and I've got lots of bell peppers growing! Whew!
And here are a few bigger pictures of the main garden:
Leslie, when you asked me if the garden was much work....I should have said that it hasn't been much work so far (except for the whole part about digging up our yard), but that once everything ripens up it's going to be crazy up in this joint! But I think I'm up for the challenge....I'm just not sure if I'm up for washing all the resulting dishes! :)
Finally, here are some pictures of my little garden helpers (and you saw my other little garden helper Cooper in the last post). The bees give me the creeps, but this year I didn't cut the lavender down since I know that honeybees are having a rough go of it lately and also because I wanted those little buzzers to pollinate my plants! And we've also got a lot of these tiny little frogs. They are good for the garden, right? They sure are cute!