I’m now back from a great vacation with family up in Rhode Island. It was a long drive (954 miles and two days each way), but I had a great time enjoying family, cooler weather, Italian cooking, the best fish & chips, and the prettiest rocky shoreline in the world! Before I left, I prepared all my articles for the week and a half I was gone, and they all posted on time. However, there was a glitch for one article post, and notification emails weren’t sent out. If you didn’t get an email on August 6, please check out my post “Gardening in Outer Space.”
That said, I’m sure you’re wondering about my how my garden fared while I was gone. Trust me, that was the first thing on my mind when I pulled into my driveway! I got back from vacation this past Saturday; and the second I finished unloading the car, I ran out to my garden. Overall, everything is fine. However, bugs did attack while grass and plants grew like triffids! And, alas, I did lose some things.
I was planning to pull up my magenta orach this week, but I noticed that it has gone to seed. So, I’m going to wait until all the seed has matured and harvest the seed before pulling the plants.
I planted purple basil a while back, but one plant grew with green leaves. However, the flowers are lavender – which is difficult to see in this picture.
My summer savory is flowering.
There are buds on my Dixie speckled butterpeas!
My older key lime tree has a few key limes growing…finally.
IN THE GARDEN:
I lost a few things in the garden:
- the last of my Glass Gem corn ears (about a half dozen) due to rain and bugs
- the feral cantaloupe plant
- the honeydew vine
- the cantaloupe in my raised bed looks like it’s on its last legs
- several tomatoes that rotted on the vine or fell to the ground
- a few overripe peppers
- several overripe rich sweetness melons
- the tigger melon vine
- my last hope for acorn squash – the vine in the pot died
- one of the cantaloupes on my plant in the compost bin (see photo below)
Otherwise, I think the garden fared well while untended for 11 days. However, I have a huge weeding job ahead of me! The beds look good because I mulch them, but in between the beds I have all kinds of things growing through the cypress bark mulch!
Speaking of overgrown, remember the bee hive my Garden Wilson built? Well, it was too late in the season to catch a swarm, so it’s just sitting in my yard….now covered in “volunteer” morning glory vines! Put that task on the list, too!
My chard and perpetual spinach were feasted upon by something while I was gone.
A good bit of my rich sweetness melon vine has succumbed to downy mildew. The ends of the vines still look healthy, so I’m going to trim off the dead leaves and give it a healthy dose of baking soda foliar spray and some aspirin spray.
Here’s that overripe cantaloupe. The bugs had a feast with it, too.
Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. My raspberries are coming along.
I still have only one elderberry flower on my trees, but the flower is starting to fade. Soon…berries! Maybe I’ll have enough to make a batch of elderberry syrup for the winter season.
My peanut plants are getting huge! I guess it’s a good thing not all of them germinated. I planted them too close together.
I was pulling a few weeds from around one of my peanut plants and saw these extensions poking into the ground. I think they might be the pegs that become peanuts.
Yesterday, my Garden Wilson found a baby toad in my yard. We put him into my butterpea bed. Isn’t he cute?
I have nothing to share for my “in the kitchen” section as I was gone all last week. However, I’ll have something to share next week because of the harvest I brought in when I got home. Come back tomorrow to see pictures of my garden bounty.
How is your garden doing?