Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 8/16/14

It’s blazing hot in the garden…still! My plants are spending most of their energy struggling to survive the heat. However, they’re still giving me something – especially the watermelons. This past week, I harvested 17 pounds of melons, 3 pounds of peppers, 1.4 pounds of tomatoes, 1.4 pounds of eggplant, a little over a pound of winter squash, a pound of lima beans, and my first handful of raspberries! Not bad for such a scorching week. Garden bounty photos!

Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 8/9/14

After being away on vacation for a week and a half, I had quite a bit to harvest when I returned home. I did lose a few things – a bunch of overripe tomatoes, a cantaloupe, a handful of peppers, etc. – but the garden fared well for the most part. On the day I returned, I harvested a pound of tomatoes, almost 5 pounds of peppers, almost 6 pounds of melons, and over 3 pounds of winter squash. Not too shabby for a day’s harvest! Garden Bounty photos!

Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 8/2/14

We had a brutal few days in the garden this past week! One day, the heat index reached 110; one weather report claimed it was as high as 120 in some areas around here. All I know is that it was bloody hot, and I stayed inside as much as possible! Because of the heat and my birthday celebration break, I didn’t harvest as much as I normally do. However, I did harvest 19 more ears of Glass Gem corn, a half pound of eggplant, over 7 pounds of squash, almost 7 pounds of peppers, and 3 pounds of tomatoes. (Lots of green tomatoes are on the vine though, creating round 2.) Photos of this week’s garden bounty!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/4/14

You’re going to notice a little bit of a change in my postings this week because I’m taking a much needed break in all things labor related. Yesterday was my birthday (no, I won’t tell you how old I am!), and I’m spending the entire week relaxing and having fun. NO WORK FOR ME THIS WEEK! But I haven’t forgotten you guys. The changes to my site for the week are very minor. Today’s update will have fewer pictures than normal; the same goes for my Garden Bounty post for tomorrow. For the rest of the week, I’m going to share interesting articles I’ve found elsewhere on the internet, ending the week with an insight into the Sanctuary Gardener herself – moi. Next week, things will be back to normal. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/9/14

What a week it’s been in the garden! The temperature hasn’t been too bad this week – mostly in the upper 80s. (Better than mid-90s!) Things are growing, veggies are ripening, and it actually rained. I’ve got lots of pics to share with you. This week’s garden pictures!

The Results of Hand Pollinating Squash

About two weeks ago, I started hand pollinating my squash. (To learn how, see Sex in the Garden ~ Hand Pollinating Squash.) It was easier than I thought, and I enjoyed going out to the garden in the morning to see what flowers were open. I can’t do much on work days because I leave so early in the morning, the squash flowers aren’t open yet; and then they’re closed up when I get home. However, I’ve pollinated daily on the last two weekends. After only two weeks, I think I can say it has been successful! Pictoral results of hand pollinating squash!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 5/12/14

It seems we went from a cool spring directly into the intense heat of summer. The past week has been in the 90s and still no rain in sight. I’ve had to water my seedlings daily to keep them from dying, which has been mostly successful. However, I have lost a few melons and chard. (I’ll be replanting the melons – got to have my melons!) A couple cucumbers as well as a few of my pepper plants are looking poorly, as well. I was concerned that this early heat would wreak havoc on my new transplants and seedlings. Overall, though, I think the garden is holding up well, considering. This week’s garden pictures!