Garden harvest

  
When you expect nothing from your garden, and then fill your shirt… It’s a good day. 

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Garden Update

   
 
A couple of the tomato plants that I started from seed are still growing… Severely smaller than the ones that I bought as a fail safe… Which follow. 

   
     
 
I picked the first ripe tomato yesterday. It’s small, but it was really good. 

    
Eggplant that I got half off. I hope I get at least one before the seasons over. 

 
Sunflower. The ones I ordered were Pygmy sunflowers.  I thought they were supposed to be small. Guess not. 

   
The green beans are growing nicely. 

 
A pollinator for the acorn squash plant! Yay!

Garden goodness

   

This zucchini plant has blossoms on it. It is the one I bought from the store. The one I planted from seed has 3 leaves. 

  

A pretty good looking watermelon plant. I did plant that one from seed. 

  

Okra from seed. Not too shabby. 

One of the tomato plants. Bought it from the store. They all look good. 

    

So this is the end of the sunflower plant. Maybe the ants killed the fly. I’m not sure. They were climbing all over it. 

  

I put up some string wrapped around the fence so that the green beans had something to climb on. One of them already is taking to it. Yay. Now if only I can get the acorn squash plant to follow. 

 

Garden Fail

This is one of my tomato plants that may or may not survive. I planted at least 8 plants… twice. This is one of the leftovers. I don’t know if it will survive, but I’ll leave it just in case. I think I watered them too much possibly. Plus the lack of fertilizer probably has something to do with it. We bought some fertilizer and I think it’s helping. It has rained so much in the past month that the top of the soil is now green. My husband told me that I should turn the soil over, so I did. Hopefully it won’t rain so much anymore. This week we don’t have a huge chance of rain so that’s a welcome improvement for having three or four days of rain a week for two or three weeks. There’s still standing water in our backyard.

As a fail safe I bought some other tomato plants that were much more mature than seedlings. I bought an heirloom tomato plant (red with yellow streaks), cherry, roma, beefsteak, and another one I don’t exactly remember.

I saw this flower at the Garden center with a bee buzzing around it. I took that as a good sign and bought it in hopes that it would attract beneficial bugs to help with the garden pests.

Worms and the little toddlers who cried wolf… or worm

DSCN0751 I found these on my tomato plants this morning. I got to close and then I cried “what the heck is that?” I had never seen one before. They were clearing off the leaves on my plants and some tomatoes. They look rather sad now. Evidently they are hornworms, and there’s nothing to do but take them off. No, I did not use my hands directly. I’m a little squeamish for that. I can tell you that they squirt green juice if it takes a while to take them off with a long metal scooper thing, yes, that is the technical term. I found four of them this morning, and just now I found two more. I took four of my almost ripe tomatoes off the plants just in case I didn’t see one and it decided to eat my whole plant while I was sleeping.

This morning when I was picking them off, my daughter and nephew, 3 and almost 3, respectively, were pointing and saying “worm!” and screaming. They told me they saw a worm… everywhere apparently. I never really understood how annoying it was to have someone cry wolf.

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Promising plants

20140523-111021-40221754.jpg These are the onions and shallots. I pulled a shallot for use in one of my dishes this week. It definitely needs some more time, however, it looks like the onion below is probably done. I guess I should pull it, but it looks like something you’d find in a smurf cartoon or something.

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20140523-111020-40220108.jpgGreen beans are looking pretty good. There are even blooms on them. I’m pretty excited about green beans. My husband moved the soil around a bit. I don’t know if that’s helping or if it’s the heat that helps. Any ideas?

20140523-111018-40218569.jpg Tomato plants. I need to buy cages to help them keep upright. It’s  almost falling down. And there’s a Nasturtium plant near the bottom of the frame. A lot of things I read said they are good to plant with tomatoes.

20140523-111016-40216662.jpgZucchini. I’m encouraged by the look of those leaves.

I’m so excited to have it start producing.

 

 

In the front flower bed: I can’t seem to get rid of the rosebush. It just pops up all over the place. 😦

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