Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/11/14

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.

WHAT’S NEW:

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.

Magenta orach seeds

Magenta orach seeds

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.

Basil flowers

Basil flowers

My summer savory is flowering.

Summer savory flowers

Summer savory flowers

There are buds on my Dixie speckled butterpeas!

Dixie speckled butter pea buds

Dixie speckled butterpea buds

My older key lime tree has a few key limes growing…finally.

Baby key limes

Baby key limes

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!

Beehive covered in morning glory vines

Empty beehive covered in morning glory vines

My chard and perpetual spinach were feasted upon by something while I was gone.

Ruby chard eaten by bugs

Ruby chard eaten by bugs

Perpetual spinach eaten by bugs

Perpetual spinach eaten by bugs

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.

Rich sweetness melon vine with downy mildew

Rich sweetness melon vine with downy mildew

Here’s that overripe cantaloupe. The bugs had a feast with it, too.

Overripe cantaloupe

Overripe cantaloupe

Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. My raspberries are coming along.

Raspberries

Raspberries fruiting

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.

Elderberry flower

Elderberry flower

My peanut plants are getting huge! I guess it’s a good thing not all of them germinated. I planted them too close together.

Peanut plant

Peanut plant

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.

Peanut plant - with pegs?

Peanut plant – with pegs?

Yesterday, my Garden Wilson found a baby toad in my yard. We put him into my butterpea bed. Isn’t he cute?

Baby toad

Baby toad

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?

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