A Garden Update


| 6/24/2010 10:50:58 PM


Tags: garden, melons, pumpkin, zinnia, Big Max, cucumber, pickles, zucchini, squash, pole beans, bush beans, texas,

A photo of Anna WightI thought it might be time for a quick garden update!

The garden (containers, raised beds, and rows) all got a late start this year. But I am determined to make something of it – even with central Texas heat!

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First of all, the cucumbers! They're growing, and even producing fruit!

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There are fruits of all sizes on the plants -- some are near harvest size, some itty bitty, and some in between. Much of the vine has small cucumbers just starting out. I am so pleased with the progress of the two plants we have growing that I put a few more seeds in the ground for a later harvest. Hopefully we'll have plenty of cucumbers; I would like to give a couple of pickling recipes a try.

cindy murphy
6/26/2010 5:29:25 AM

Hi, Anna. Such gorgeous photos! I've marveled at the beauty of the pictures in each of your blogs. You have an armadillo in your beans? That's kind of neat, I think....only because I live in Michigan, and the only time I've seen an armadillo was while camping in Florida as a kid. It was cute. I know, I know - cute or not, it's a nuisance. The very, very cute little bunnies ate the tops off my bean plants just as they popped out of the ground this spring. They left the successive plantings alone, though....then the moles moved in, uprooting everything in their path. Moles definitely aren't cute, except possibly to another mole. Best of gardening luck as the season progresses. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View


sweetmissdaisy
6/25/2010 11:12:05 PM

Hey Dave! Thanks for the note! I bet you could surround your salad bed with 4' or 5' half-inch hardwire (or even chicken wire)and keep the bunnies out. I've never seen a rabbit climb wire -- jump, yes... dig, yes ... but climb? I'd be surprised. You should try a couple cucumber plants, too! And maybe a bell pepper or two! You're lucky to have a local farmers market. I lived in Eugene Oregon for 10 years before moving here, the surface of the sun, and the farmers market (as well as the organic grocery markets) in Oregon spoiled me for life. It didn't even occur to me that good, fresh, organic food wasn't available like that in most places ... especially Texas, where I thought the growing season might be so much longer than other places. Boy was I surprised to find a VERY limited selection of organic produce when I moved here. In fact, produce in markets here is very "sad" when compared to other parts of the country. Makes me yearn for life in the Pacific Northwest again... all the wonderful local veggies, berries, and FRUIT!


nebraska dave
6/25/2010 10:45:19 PM

@Anna, You have such a great looking garden. Here in Nebraska nothing is being harvested yet except for the radishes, lettuce, and such. I do not have any of those in my gardens. Next year I’ll try the salad greens thing in the two expansion beds. With the wild life in the neighborhood I’ll have to fence the garden. Do you know how high the fence needs to be to keep out rabbits? I know they can dig under a fence but can they climb? I would like to have a few radishes and maybe a zucchini or two. I’m not a big fan of zucchini but it’s nice to have a casserole or two each year just for something different. Melons, corn, pumpkins, and the like will have to be from the farmer’s market as I just don’t have the room to raise such real-estate hungry plants. It’s all I can do to confine 4 tomato plants in a 4X8 bed. I hope your pickling goes terrifically well this year.





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