Yesterday, I shared with you the first half of my garden, beds 1-9. (If you missed it, check out Part 1.) Today, I’ll share with you the rest of my garden (beds 10-20) – in all its mid-summer struggles. Be sure to click the links included so you can see how each bed looked last month.
BED 10 – Fallow
I pulled all the string beans a few weeks ago (click here to see how the bed looked last month), and now the bed is lying fallow, awaiting brussels sprouts and kale.
BED 11 – Snap beans (second crop)
Last week I planted a second crop of Black Valentine green beans and Beurre de Rocquencourt wax beans. Yesterday, the day after I took this picture, the beans started poking through the soil. It’s hard to believe I had carrots in this bed last month.
BED 12 – Peruvian peppers & ruby chard
You can’t see the chard in this picture because it’s in the back of the bed. In fact, you can barely see the rocoto peppers because the lemon drop peppers are so large and laden with fruit! Look at how much they’ve grown and how many peppers are on them now since last month.
BED 12x – Eggplant
If there’s one thing that loves the heat, it’s eggplant. You can see how much they’ve grown since last month.
BED 13 – Raspberries
This variety of raspberry (Caroline) was slower to get started than the variety I had before (Heritage), but now they’re growing like weeds! The fencing we made for this bed in the spring is helping to keep the canes from flopping onto the grass. (Click here to see them last month.) And, instead of having flowers & berries only at the tips of the cane, there are clusters of flowers all up and down the canes. I love these!
BED 14 – Asparagus
I love my asparagus fern. And the fencing we made for this bed, too, is keeping my fern upright and pretty. Click here to see how it looked last month.
BED 15 – Dixie speckled butterpeas
Last month, my newly-planted butterpeas were seedlings. Now they’re overflowing the bed and sporting little bean pods.
BED 16 – Fallow
This bed has been fallow since last month. But it will soon receive carrot and beet seed.
BED 17 – Lima beans
My lima beans are still producing. They have slowed down due to the heat, but they’re supposed to produce until frost. Compared to last month, the beans are showing signs of heat stress.
BED 18 – Fallow
I just pulled my magenta orach and perpetual spinach. (Click here to see how they looked last month.) I harvested the orach seed, so I got all I could from those plants. The perpetual spinach was eaten by bugs while I was on vacation, so they were a bust anyway. This bed awaits escarole and spinach seed.
BED 19 – Peppers & peanuts
My peppers are growing on the front side of the bed, and the peanuts are taking over the rest of the bed. I had no idea how much they spread! Look at how much they’ve grown since last month.
BED 20 – Tomatoes, peppers & herbs
Since last month, I’ve pulled the borage, the feral cantaloupe has died, and the tomatoes have grown – and suffered some disease (see the Black Krims in the back of the bed).
Again, if you missed the August pictures of my garden set up and beds 1-9, go to How My Garden Grows in August Part 1. Next month, I’ll post pictures of my beds again, to see the changes another month brings.
How is your garden growing?