Saturday, June 5, 2010

Garden update

After bush-hogging the area behind the orchard, I thought it was time for a little garden update.

The grape vines planted last summer have finally starting taking off.

We have a few tomato plants that are not as big as my neighbor's. Maybe I started them late, and I know I never transplanted them into larger pots. I just stuck the little seedlings into the ground when it got warm enough. In front and to the left is oregano, and between the rows of tomatoes are self-seeding lemon basil plants.

Behind the basil and tomatoes are a few sweet pepper plants.

The broccoli is just about done, but the cabbages are hanging tough.

At the other end of that bed, the celery is doing well. Last year, the celery was a complete failure, but I guess we've had enough rain this spring to make it happy!

Garlic is starting to die back in preparation for harvesting in July.

Out in the orchard, the peaches on one tree are "just about" ready to pick. I seem to have held off the brown rot with frequent spraying of sulfur. I'm not quite sure why the other trees are further behind than this one, since they are the same variety.

The apples and pears are hanging in there, although the pears are still suffering from fire blight, despite the sulfur sprays. One tree is down to a single branch. I hope it makes it, but I don't hold out much hope.

Behind the orchard, I planted my vining species... zukes, cukes, and spaghetti squash. As you can see, the weeds really love the manure I added to the soil!

The 1 remaining spaghetti squash plant is making a run for it!

But its got babies!

Look what is under the jumbo zucchini leaves! I harvested a few that were ready.

Can you tell which one hid from me the longest?? Try hard. See it?

That big boy may not make for good eating, but it has provided hours of giggling and naughty humor. We are, after all, still juveniles around here, and I hope that never changes!


Ann Flowers said...

You have got a nice garden out there. I think a connection with plants means a connection with the nature itself.

Celticspirit said...

Everything looks great Lisa....I'm almost jealous. We did not plant anything this year but hopefully next spring we will. It looks like you will have a very productive season! :)

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MarmiteToasty said...

just smiling at this post........ beautiful..


Thomas said...

Everything looks great Lisa! I can't wait to be able to harvest some zucchini myself. It looks like you have a pretty sizable garden. And yes, manure has really done your plants some good.