Garden Update

The garden has been fabulous this year due to the rain and record low temperatures.   The Hubs and I have often mused about finding a place to live in our dotage where temperatures are mild, nothing higher than 85 and nothing lower than 60.   Think we may have found that place here.  🙂   (But, it is Oklahoma so the weather can change in a heartbeat.)

Although we don’t have a huge variety of vegetables in the garden, almost everything we have planted has done spectacular.  Today I just wanted to share what’s been going on with our growing.

I’ll start with something fun.   You might remember my giant blue hobbit feet I bought on a trip to Iowa last July.   I finally got them moved to a flower bed and planted.PicMonkey Collage

I found this awesome specimen of Hen and Chicks at a local nursery.   I wish I knew the variety because it is a beautiful bloomer.

We plant an over abundance of tomato plants every year.  In fact, we always over plant.  If we are lucky, we pick a handful of cherry tomatoes and maybe one slicer.   Well this year (even though we dialed back our plantings just a bit), the tomato plants have gone gangbusters!   Even with whatever critter is chomping on them (which I now think is a skunk), we are picking at least a colander full most every day.2014-08-02 09.37.42

The cucumbers are going nuts, too.   These are The Hubs’ favorite.  According to his mom, she would always let the kids pick a treat upon the end of grocery shopping.   His sister would always grab a candy bar. The Hubs would ask for a cucumber.   It is nothing to see him come home from work, peel a cucumber and eat it whole. There have been lots of pickling and cucumber salads in our lives this summer.   I love it.

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Besides cukes and ‘maters, the peppers have been doing decent, too.   I’ve canned quite a lot of pepper jelly.

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I harvested a few onions, both red and white.   Nothing really huge, but it has kept me (for a while) from buying any.

I was a little late on the garlic harvest this year and the bulbs started to break up.   I hope they will last storing through the winter.

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I got one sweet potato to live, i.e. the gophers didn’t eat it off.

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I planted lots of different varieties of sunflowers for the pollinators and the birds.

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I love the mammoth ones.

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We should harvest a few Honey Crisp apples soon.  This would be our first crop.
2014-06-27 09.07.12Our Red Haven peach tree got zapped by our late frost, but the White Haven still produced enough for jam and pie filling and one tart.

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“Do I dare to eat a peach?” (T.S. Eliot from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”)

Well, these gross beetles didn’t mind if they did.

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If anyone knows what these pests are, please leave a comment.

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They created huge clusters of sucking pestilence and when you went to pick, they buzzed you.   Gross.   I am afraid they have migrated toward the grapes now.

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I got some free watermelon seeds and just planted them on a whim.  Worked out well, dontcha think?

2014-08-02 09.38.38I was determined to plant enough dill for the black swallow caterpillars this year.   I planted two rows so we could share.

The fig tree (which I have potted) produces just enough to nab one for breakfast every morning when I water the patio plants.

2014-08-02 09.52.16I just have to share the garden bog that The Hubs created for the bees.   It sets between our gardens.  It might not be the most beautiful water garden, but it serves its purpose and the bees love to land on the water hyacinth to drink.

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I love surprises in the garden and the cacti keep me amazed.   I don’t know if it because I do keep them hydrated, but they thank me with bloom after bloom in the summer.

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I think some people believe cacti do not need water.  I have found that they will reward you if you give them a splash every once in a while.

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(Again, if anyone can identify this kind of cactus, please leave me a comment.)

Finally, for another pleasant surprise, I can never remember exactly where I have planted my Naked Ladies (aka Surprise Lillies).   They always remind me where in late July.

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