What a great week it’s been in the garden! Over the course of several days, we received over three inches of much needed rain. The temperatures have dropped some, as well, and my garden is so happy. New leaves are growing, new flowers are opening, and new fruit is appearing. Oh happy day! Come take a look.
Over the weekend, I pruned and staked my key lime trees – in their pots. They were leaning over to one side and starting to grow crooked. It was time to prune wrong-growing and low growing branches and stake the main trunks to train them to grow upright.
While pruning my trees, I noticed one of them had some new buds. Ooh…more lime potential.
My second crop of snap beans are starting to flower.
My first small harvest of butterpeas were eaten by grasshoppers (who have since been killed!). However, I noticed this week that I have more pods growing and LOTS of flowers. I’ll get to try these beans yet.
This weekend, I pulled
all almost all my tomato plants to prepare for the fall crops. However, I left this guy alone. Look! Tomatoes are growing!
Remember the petunias I bought on the clearance rack at the beginning of the summer? I was so surprised they lasted through the summer, especially as hot as it was. They finally died the beginning of September. Or…so I thought. They’re now growing new leaves! (Good thing I didn’t get around to pulling them yet.) I’ll give them a good pruning this coming week.
IN THE GARDEN:
The three-week drought has ended, and the temperatures are finally below 90 degrees on a regular basis. My pepper plants are starting to flower abundantly again.
My lemon drop pepper plants (a Peruvian pepper from the Andes Mountains) have been producing prolifically the entire summer. Look at the peppers on this plant! (This is predominantly one plant in the picture with a couple more behind it. There are a couple more than that not in the picture!)
I’ve had my parsley for two years now. Because they’re biennials, they bolted and flowered this summer. One of my plants is now dead, as expected. However, one of them is growing back. What a nice surprise.
While I was out in the garden taking pictures, my butterpeas were swarming with bees. I tried several times to get a picture of one of the bumble bees on the flowers, but couldn’t get a clear shot. Just as I was about to delete one of the pictures, I noticed two lizards (Carolina anoles) on the leaves. I never saw them until I looked at the picture. Here’s one little guy.
A few plants over – in the same picture! – was another anole in the process of turning color. (They turn from brown to bright green and vice versa, depending on their environment.) I’ve never taken a picture of an anole in the process of turning color, and I got this one by accident.
Only a gardener (or farmer) would take a picture of dirt and call it pretty. But look at this beautiful black gold, ready for my beet seeds. (Later this week, I’ll share how my garden is growing this month and tell you all I planted.)
IN THE KITCHEN:
This week, I was blessed with a few bags of pink lady apples – my absolute favorite for making apple chips! I filled my entire dehydrator and still have almost three pounds left to dry. (To learn how to make apple chips, see my post, How to Dehydrate Apples.)
I also dried a bunch of basil in the oven. (To learn how to dry herbs in the oven, see my post, Drying Herbs in the Oven.)
Click here to see the Garden Bounty I harvested this past week.
What’s happening in your garden?