Sunday, August 1, 2010

Garden Update

Here is a little update on the garden. It's been really rewarding to watch things grow and develop and to be able to cultivate a part of creation.

The herbs look pitiful because they got all dried out and sad while we were in Branson. The cilantro never did take off and we had to just cut it off and hope it comes back next year. If not, we'll get some more and try again.

The mint seems to have some kind of fungus because most of it is sad looking. The basil has done really well, but got sickly when it dried out and lost a lot of leaves. It is coming back, but it will take a while. The rosemary and thyme have done really well and I have enjoyed using them. They seem to be multiplying. I think I'm going to have to transplant the thyme before it takes over! Anyone need any thyme?

The tomatoes in the patio garden did well early, but also dried out while we were on vacation and are coming back, but I don't think we'll get as many as we did last year. The tomatoes in the big garden haven't done all that well for some reason.

The peppers have done ok but haven't really taken off like we expected. We have gotten bell peppers and banana peppers, but not a ton of either which I guess is a good thing. I was hoping for more bell peppers to be able to freeze, but we'll have to wait and see what happens.

The onions never did come up. I don't know if they didn't take or got choked out or what.

The radishes and carrots have done pretty well. They weren't excessive so we will probably do them again.

The cucumbers absolutely EXPLODED. Jeff's cucumber cage did well and gave them a place to climb, but now they are all over each other and it's really tightly wound and actually kind of hard to get into to pick the cucumbers. I'm going to have to make some more pickles again soon!

The pumpkins did pretty well for a while, but because of the pool and being trampled by Patches, they are now dying. Oh well!

The pole beans climbed and did what they were supposed to do but simply haven't produced like we expected (as you can tell by the photo and the one lonely bean in the basket of cucumbers). Since we haven't had enough to actually cook, we are saving them as seed for next year.

The watermelons also exploded. We have lots of baby watermelons so we are going to have a lot more watermelon than we will know what to do with! I haven't had any watermelon yet this summer because I'm waiting for ours, so they better be big and sweet and beautiful!

If you need some produce, please let me now. I'm happy for this stuff to go to new homes. And if you have any tips or tricks for improving what we have, I'd love to hear them! Happy Cultivating!

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