Garden Update: Early-July

Main view of the garden
Generic garden shot

Just a brief update about the garden, as it’s been a few weeks.  We’re making more progress getting the concrete bricks lined around the plot(s) and hope to have most of them surrounded in the coming days.  Brooke picked the peas and dug up the carrots a few weeks ago and planted more corn in its place.  However, the rain over the past few weeks has been ridiculous.  Literally, 4 in of rain fell in 2 hrs one night last week, leaving a lake where the new corn was just about to come up in the garden.  Thankfully, it looks like at least some of the sprouts survived and we’ve got plants coming up…

Also, the green beans and soup beans are coming up well, with buds on the green beans already.

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From left-to-right: green beans, pumpkins, broccoli. Soup beans in back.

In the middle of the shot above, Brooke’s got some pumpkins growing.  After the massive rainfall, they actually took off surprisingly well. She’s got 6 pumpkin plants in right now, and obviously they won’t be making much for awhile.

Broccoli!
Broccoli!

This is probably the most success we’ve had with broccoli.  We tried it in Iowa and got a little out of it, but the heads we’ve got right now are already looking larger than we remember from before.  It’s a bit late for broccoli, we think, so we aren’t sure we’ll actually end up with anything, but it looks good, at least…

Tomatoes!
Tomatoes!

The tomatoes are coming in pretty well, too.  Really, the one side is taking off, while the other (in the back) is moving a bit more slowly.  The ones in the forefront were in the ground sooner and were also larger when they went in, so it isn’t surprising.

More impressively, this is the first time we’ve successfully grown tomato plants from seeds.  Brooke got them started on our back porch months ago and they’re doing pretty well!  We’ve also got flowers on at least one plant.  I suspect we’ll have them showing up on more soon.

Raspberries and blackberries
Raspberries and blackberries

The berry bushes are moving slowly.  We don’t expect to get much out of them this year, though at least one bush has already produced some berries.  We put some mulch around them to make mowing a bit easier, as they’re taking their sweet time in betting big enough for me to see, but they’re moving along.  Next year, perhaps…

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes

The sweet potatoes are also going a bit slowly.  We don’t really remember how quickly they went last year, but by the time we moved from St. Louis, it was like they’d taken over our garden.  It feels like they should be further along than they are, but oh well…they’re doing something…

Probably enough for now.  Hopefully by the time we get back from our vacation, we’ll have something to harvest!  …more likely, we’ll have tons of weeds…

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