As school time draws near, the garden is growing and with my usual luck, it will come off just as we get settled into the school routine. This year there won’t be tons of tomatoes to can because they just aren’t producing that much. We have had one turn red and the rest are just waiting. I can’t even blame the lack of production on the gophers, unless they are eating the roots of the plants, but the plants look fine, so I don’t think it is them.
The watermelons continue to grow and we have two small ones on the second vine.
As you can tell, our ground is dry and looks hard. It actually isn’t as hard as it looks. DS and I dug trenches to water the plants and every time I water we have to clear at least one trench because the gophers have been busy. There is either a blocked trench with a heap of dirt, or the bottom suddenly falls out into a tunnel and a trench has to be moved. Still these watermelons are getting bigger. I will keep watering them in hopes that at least these two willbe big enough to eat by summer’s end.
The big plants that I had really hoped would not get quite so big and would be the cucumbers that I planted, are actually volunteer pumpkins. They are spreading over the garden, and we have 3-5 pumpkins growing. Big orange blossoms are also on all three plants, but they haven’t gone to fruit yet.
The weeds seem to thrive despite the dryness! They are an early morning project after picking green beans. Most of them are not there, but we have real issues with thistle. I think once the garden is done this fall, perhaps DH will be able to spray it really good to kill off some of the nasty weeds. Each year it gets better, but we still have weeds.
And lastly, the corn continues to get taller! It should be ready in early October according to DFIL.
In the foreground to the left of the corn is a basil plant that has decided it likes the water trench. The watermelons are off to the right and in the back you can see some of the bright orange blossoms on the pumpkins, the yellow summer squash plant, and in the raised bed, the tangle of tomato plants that actually are doing well and still putting on blossoms. With summer finally providing summer-like temperatures during the day, we might still see more from the garden. However, you will also see the occasional leaf that has fallen already.
No apples or peaches from the fruit trees this year, but I really didn’t expect them. It is only the 2nd year for the apple trees and the first for the peach. Perhaps we will get some next year. The blueberry bush is doing better, but will have to be prepped for winter. It is in a large blue bucket because it wasn’t doing so well in the ground. I am hoping that we will be able to transfer it nextyear. We also should be able to harvest rhubarb next year. The plant has done very well for its first year and I can’t wait to see how it does next year.
That’s it for now! Back to finishing up planning for DS’s senior year of high school as he will start next week on his very last year of homeschool! I sure will miss these days!