Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Things are growing like a weed so far this summer, in spite of the extreme heat (it was over 100 this past weekend; thank goodness we were gone!). Jared has been lovingly watering, weeding, and fending off cabbage worms the past few weeks and the hard work is paying off. Radishes have been harvested and consumed. We have so many peas on the bush we can't count them. Pepper plants are starting to fruit and some of our tomato plants are 2 feet tall already. Cucumbers are ready for their trellis and the buttercup squash is starting to take over the lawn. The size of the zucchini plants (one of three is the main picture in the above collage) is starting to overwhelm me with the thought of a bumper crop.
I do want to point out that we had a lot of failures so far too. All of the cabbage, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, peppers, and sunflowers that we started inside to later plant outside, died. We tried, but ended up purchasing replacements for most of these plants. Everything we directly seeded outside, no problem. We have also lost one hanging basket and a potted flower on the deck. I might have a purple basil to add to the list of failures within a couple of days. We came back today from a weekend trip to find it almost entirely eaten. The regular basil next to it is perfectly fine. Weird.
This might be the last year for our cherry tree in the backyard. Half of it is mostly dead and the healthier half severely leans over the back fence. I was hoping for enough cherries for a pie, but I think the robins have cleaned out most of the fruit before they even ripened.
On a happier note, I found a canning pot at a garage sale this weekend for only $5! With the addition of a rack for the bottom of the pot, the fate of our garden produce has been sealed...