Garden Update 7-22-13

GARDEN COLLAGE 7-22-13

Another week has passed and we have evaded any deer attacks in the garden, except now something is taking advantage of our cabbage.  We are thinking that a bunny got in the garden area somehow, but we’re not sure since we have not seen one yet.  The cabbage heads are still intact, but the outer leaves have been severely nibbled.

FLAT DUTCH CABBAGE 7-22-13

We do have some good news to report, as our Juliet Tomatoes are now starting to ripen.  HINT: When Juliets form on the vine, they usually come in a group of 10, so just imagine how many tomatoes we are going to pick with batches like that! They have come back after the deer had chewed lots of the branches a few weeks earlier, and are now filled with nice huge tomatoes, getting ready to be picked soon.  Phew!  You should click on the photographs to enlarge so you can see actually how tall our one Juliet plant is.  It is amazing on how this just sky-rocketed!  (we need to find a pole tall enough to support it now)

JULIET TOMATO 7-22-13

JULIET TOMATOES 7-22-13

SEVEN FOOT HIGH JULIET TOMATO PLANT 7-22-13

Our weather has been so up and down here lately, one week with nothing but rain, then temps in the 90’s, and now this week we’re back to normal temps and cooler, and we even had more rain today with hail.  If we can just get a nice week of sun, the garden would surely ripen up nicely.

SPIDER IN THE GARDEN 7-22-13

I just noticed today that we finally have a small Red Warty Thing pumpkin that has formed.  Our pumpkins are really behind in their growth this year and we hope that we can actually get a pumpkin or two before Halloween.

Our zucchini is taking its good ole time in growing too, but we are not surprised with this as they did the same thing last year.  We need to improve our soil next year as this will encourage growth with more nutrients.  Remember that our zucchini plants are in the flower bed next to the garage, and are not in our raised garden.  But what is strange, is that our strawberry patch is on the left side of this same flower bed and the strawberries did great this season.  Who knows why one kind of plant does well and the other grows slower, but it has to be all about the soil composition.  That’s ok though, as next year we are planning on planting the zucchini in the raised garden bed, as we feel the strawberry plants will take over that entire flower bed area.  (by the way, look at the photo below…can you see where the arrow is?  That is where the strawberry plants started at the beginning of the season.  Now they are more than halfway through the flower bed)

ZUCCHINI 7-22-13

STRAWBERRY PATCH 7-22-13

The cucumbers have grown with leaps and bounds and are climbing up the two trellis’s and little cucumbers are all over the vines.  I could only imagine how much taller our cucumbers would be now, if the deer would not have pruned them down to nubs a few weeks ago.

CUCUMBERS 7-22-13

BABY CUCUMBER 7-22-13

We were sitting here talking the other day and we could not believe all of the setbacks we have had this gardening season.  One after another, and we were close to just throwing in the towel on the whole garden a few times, but then you get that burst of energy that pulls you back up to fight back against the elements & the critters.  Even having a small garden like ours, is a lot of work, time involved, and lots of maintenance.  Our garden is 6′ x 16′ and you would think that it would be a breeze to maintain…think again!

SUNFLOWERS FROM AUNTIE RENE

It’s all worth it though just to be able to pick something that you grew yourself, as you can appreciate all the work that went behind starting that plant from a seed the size of a “dot”.

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38 thoughts on “Garden Update 7-22-13

  1. I love seeing your garden photos – they are so fresh and green and healthy. I’m afraid I don’t have your patience, so I’ll just have to enjoy yours from afar!

    • Aw, thank you so much! We have put a lot of work into our garden this year and we’re just glad that we still have things growing after what the deer did that one night. We are so glad that you are following along with our garden – Thanks!

    • Tell your Mommy that it’s a lot of work, but once you get started, it is addicting! This is our second year gardening and we love it! You can even do container gardening too and plant in large pots!

  2. Wow! The garden looks amazing! I love your Juliets! Our garden has been but on the back burner the last couple of years. Just tomatoes and mint. And apples! I need to figure out when the apples should ripen …

    • Nope, that baby is not a bug! I love walking around and taking photographs of the veggies when they are small cause they are so cute, if you could ever call a vegetable “cute”. LOL Yes, we are both so happy that things are growing (again) in the garden, and even most of the pepper plants that were chewed down to stubs are now growing little peppers! Yippee!

  3. Maybe the cabbage patch dolls were in your garden? the tomatoes are super! I would like to eat them with basil and mozzarella :o) we have not one tomato on our plant – no idea why.

    • Are your tomato plants flowering? If they are flowering, then there will be tomatoes! We don’t know what started eating the cabbage, but they did a good job at munching most of the outer leaves. The cabbage heads are ok. I can’t wait to pick tomatoes and I should be able to this week, at least some of the Juliets! Did you ever eat one of them before? They are nice and meaty! Great for salads, stir fry, pasta salads and salsa too!

      • we planted the tomato in may, but it was cold and we had a lot of rain. by now it is growing but no flowering, just green leaves. we live in brittany/france, all our neighbors have tomtaoes – just we have only a plant :o)

      • WOW, that is hard to believe that you don’t have anything flowering yet. Did it get hit by a frost at all? We planted everything near the end of May here too and when we got a sneaky frost come in one weekend, we had to cover up the entire garden and each and every plant to save it. I hope you finally get some tomatoes!

    • I know, I hate spiders too and I am glad that it did not jump on me when I got close to take that photo. We have not seen any rabbits, but it has got to be what had a good snack in our garden!

  4. It’s so easy to give up especially with something so delicate as a garden but it looks fantastic! I’m excited to see the pumpkin progress, I’ve always wanted to grow them.

    • Oh man, the pumpkin progress has been yet another thing this year that has been difficult. We planted almost all of them with seeds outside and a few indoors, just to see which ones did better. The Red Warty Things were planted indoors and are bigger than those planted by seed directly into the ground. Hmmmm. Look back in some of our older posts around perhaps Sep/Oct of 2011 or 2012 to see our other pumpkins we grew.

      • I read through your older posts; hopefully this year the pumpkins (and critters) cooperate so they can grow! The Red Warty Thing looks like they will be awesome pumpkins. Are you planning on growing the pumpkins inside for the whole duration?

      • Oh no, we just started the pumpkins indoors until they got to a certain size, then planted them outdoors. If you Google Red Warty Thing Pumpkins, they look so cool, that’s why we really want to be able to grow one this year.

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