Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 7/13/14

Despite the continuing intense heat, I’m still harvesting quite a bit. Compared to last year, my pepper harvests are not as big; but I know I’ll be swimming in peppers soon enough (when the heat subsides). This week, I harvested 13 cucumbers, 1 (almost 11 pound) watermelon, 8 pounds of melons (honeydew, cantaloupe, tigger, and rich sweetness), almost 1 pound of lima beans (shelled), 7 pounds of eggplant, almost 2.5 pounds of carrots, a little over 2.5 pounds of peppers, and 9.5 pounds of tomatoes.  Garden Bounty photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/14/14

It was a happy, happy weekend in the garden. We got rain! In two days, my back yard received 3.3 inches of rain. The rain we got last weekend held the garden over until this weekend, so I didn’t have to water anything but my potted plants all week. The only negative is that the rain makes the air even more humid (think steam bath), and the mosquitoes have come out in full force. Good thing I eat lots of garlic; the mosquitoes don’t usually bite me, but they are annoying. I’ve got a few new items in the garden to share today, and I now know what the mystery melon is! Come take a look. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/7/14

This week was crunch week at work (for fiscal year end), so I didn’t get out in the garden as much as I wanted to. Also, Hurricane Arthur breezed by our coast on Thursday, July 3. It was cloudy and a little breezy, but my garden got only 0.2 inches of rain. I was hoping for at least an inch or so. Oh, well. Better than getting a deluge, eh? So, the hurricane had absolutely no effect on my garden, thankfully. This week’s garden pictures!

I Have Melons!

Now that I have your attention, I want to share with you what I found while walking through my garden around sunset last night. It was still 90 degrees with a heat index of 98 at 8:00 p.m., but at least it was a little cooler than it had been in the afternoon, allowing me to be outside for a bit. Well, I decided I would take a closer look at all my melon vines to see if any melons were close to ripe or if there were any new melons. I found a melon-palooza! So much so, I thought I’d share my melon pictures with you in a separate post. I have melons!

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!

How My Garden Grows in May ~ Part 1

I can’t believe it’s been four or five weeks since I started transplanting and sowing seed in my garden. During that time, the weather changed from cold to springlike comfort to scorching summer heat back to springlike comfort. And it’s rained only twice in that time period, too. However, my garden is growing, and I want to share pictures of all my raised beds. I’ll also include links to compare the beds to how they looked a month ago. Because my garden is so large, I’ll share my pictures in two parts – so come back tomorrow for the second half! How my garden grows in May!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/1/13

Well, June is over – and I completed the 2013 Blogathon, posting every day for 30 days! I didn’t think I was going to make it – with work and garden and putting up harvests – but I did it. Again, thanks to all of you for coming with me on the journey. A lot happened at the homestead this week. Storms were a major part of this week – and more are coming over the next couple of days. I’ve been trying to re-apply fungicide to my tomatoes, but the rain is preventing me – all the while, increasing the spread of the spores. sigh On the bright side, we realized this week that the baby bluebirds in my birdhouse have hatched. My “Garden Wilson” told me he saw one of the babies stick his head out of the house to receive a worm from Mama this morning. As soon as one of us can get a picture, I’ll post it! And more good news: we have another family in the yard.   Find out who!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/24/13

I have to admit, my garden isn’t looking as pretty as I’d like. Specifically, I’m having trouble with my cucurbits and tomatoes. With all the rain we’ve had, on top of the typical Charleston humidity, I’m fighting to keep my plants alive. The tomatoes have Septoria Leaf Spot. Most of my squash and all my pumpkins were assassinated by squash borers. And my cucumbers are fighting mildew of some sort, and it’s spreading to my casaba melons. I’m harvesting good cucumbers and tomatoes, but I’m fighting to keep the plants alive. See the good and the bad!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 5/27/13

This Memorial Day weekend has been hot and sunny, and I got a lot done in the garden ~ fertilizing, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. The warm weather, along with the rain we got a few days ago, have caused growth spurts in every bed! Peppers, tomatoes, and beans are fruiting. Eggplant, beans, cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash are flowering. The picture above is a double-blossom male zucchini flower. I have never seen that before. See more of my garden!