How our garden grows

August 15, 2010

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Just when we were starting to think that this was an off year for the garden, we were blessed with some pleasant surprises. We very much enjoyed out recent trip to Oregon, but our plants say that were very unhappy for those 10 days of 90 degree + weather with no rain. We came back to some very thirsty plants. A friend did step in to water a couple times while we were gone, and without her we probably would have come back to a wasteland. Here’s what’s going on:

The Hungarian and jalapeno peppers are doing pretty well.

The tomatoes are delicious and have mostly made their way through the bottom rot and early blight that we saw early in the season. Those sungolds are the best!

The kale and collards are finally starting to get a little bit large. They were really suffering at the hands of rabbits up until now. Is the scary garden owl finally doing his job? Who (hooo) knows?

The basil is being attacked by some kind of bug. Cayenne garlic spray seems to be helping, but this wont be a big pesto freezing year.

The potatoes somehow disappeared while we were away, and what’s left looks mostly like a field of unmowed grass. We’ll see what happens when we get the pitchfork out in September.

We have loads of garlic curing in the garage. I doubt we’ll have to buy any for quite some time.

The squash had powdery mildew and bugs. I used lime and some organic spray and think it’s helping some. We have squash blossoms and a few squash now.

Our pear tree looks beautiful and has loads of fruit on it. I wish we could say the same about our raspberry and blueberry bushes.

We’ve agreed to scale down the garden a bit next year and join a CSA. Some of the novelty vegetables we planted just don’t seem to be worth the effort.

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2 Responses to “How our garden grows”

  1. Molly said

    It sounds & looks like you have a pretty large garden! That’s awesome that so much has done well. We had a few fails with stuff we planted this year, too, and have decided not to do a garden next year. We’ll also be joining a CSA or just going to the farmer’s market on a weekly basis instead. The clay soil here is very hard to grow food plants in and we even worked in quite a bit of good soil. I hope you find potatoes in September. I always loved digging them up. 🙂

    • pioneervalleyvegan said

      Yeah, it turned out to be a decent year. We have an unbelievable amount of tomatoes that we are really enjoying. I’ll need to post some photos of those soon.

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