Good morning, everyone. It’s time for my monthly installment of “How My Garden Grows.” Each month, I share with you photos of my garden, raised bed by raised bed. This month, I had every worthwhile intention to have the garden weeded and cleaned up before taking pictures, but alas, that didn’t happen. [Que maniacal laughter.] Between my work schedule and the heat, I just couldn’t do it. And now, to my embarrassment, you will see a garden overgrown with weeds among heat-stressed fruit and vegetable plants. Well, I did tell you from the beginning that I will share it all – the good, the bad, AND the ugly. August is usually the ugliest my garden gets, and this August is pretty much the worst ever. But, it’s my garden, so here are the photos of the first half of my garden. (Don’t forget to click the links included to see how the bed looked last month.)
For my new garden buddies, I have 21 raised beds, 18 of which are along the side of my house. Here is a photo of those 18 beds. They are surely much more heat-stressed than they were last month!
Here is a closeup shot of the beds on the far end. Again, everything looked better last month, especially the eggplant.
BED 1 – Chili peppers
Last year, my Lemon Drop peppers were HUGE at this point! This year they have barely survived. Very little growth, and definitely looking heat-stressed and thirsty compared to last month. These are my favorite chili peppers, and I’ve picked about a dozen of them all summer. 😦
BED 2 – Lima beans
My lima beans looked so lush last month. Not so much this month, for sure. I finally started harvesting the dried (and fresh) pods, so I’m hoping they’ll rally with the cooler weather that’s to come…sometime.
BED 3 – Squash & pumpkins
My squash and pumpkin vines have grown since last month, filling the fallow part of the bed, reaching across other beds (you’ll see that coming up), and climbing the fence. However, they aren’t fruiting nearly as much as last year. I’m sure the heat is part of the reason, but I haven’t been feeding the vines either.
BED 4 – Fallow
Last month, you could see in this fallow bed the old onion flower stalks and a pile of weeds I had pulled. Now, the bed is very overgrown with weeds and covered with squash vines.
BED 5 – Fallow
This bed is also fallow and looked fairly clean last month. This month, it has its own share of weeds with squash vines and watermelon vines growing across it.
BED 6 – Melons
The cucumber plants are long dead, but the watermelon vines growing on either end of this bed are still fairly healthy. I have lots of dead vines to clean up, and the weeds are at least double what they were last month! In fact, there’s even a morning glory vine growing all over the trellis. Where that came from, I have no idea!
BED 7 – Melons
This bed is looking pretty sad, too, compared to last month. Lots of weeds and dead vines. However, there are still melons growing along the edges (rather than up, these hardy plants are reviving and growing along the ground!). The melons on the end are still alive, too. If I can just get this weeded, I may still get some fruit out of these vines before first frost.
BED 8 – Corn
Last month, the corn stalks were alive (okay, barely, but still alive), with a handful of ears on it. Now, they’re fully dried and ready to be pulled.
BED 9 – Snap beans
My snap beans quit producing several weeks ago, but I haven’t pulled the plants yet. At least they looked halfway decent in the bed last month. Now, I have to get these pulled up, for sure.
That’s the first half of my garden photos this month. Click here to see Part 2 of How My Garden Grows in August.