Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Pictures


The dog fence is down (too ugly, and also a deterrent to weeding)

Just one half of the apricot tree. I sort of forgot to prune it last year and it went from "dwarf" to somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty feet tall. Those poor branches are so long and not very branchy, that the tree is practically bent in half with the weight of the fruit. We'll be pruning back the branches as part of harvesting (about 7 feet's worth of pruning). So, easy picking this year.

My first Romas - about 10 so far on two bushes. I also have an Early Girl, Beefsteak, Celebrity, and one more I can't remember (and didn't write down before Ellie pulled and relocated the tag). They have climbed about halfway up their trellises. I am trying to keep the suckers pruned back in hopes of bigger, tastier tomatoes.

Can you guess which plant is the zucchini? (very back). On the left side, the tall plant is a Delicata squash with two melon plants on the right. I have a thorn-less blackberry start in this bed that needs a new home - any takers out there?

Next year, the corn and potatoes will get planted. I'd love to hear about anyone's favorite fertilizers or plant foods - the more natural, the better.

A few close-ups:
The acorn squash and cucumber bed (tomatoes on the trellis and basil in front)

The cabbage is a school contest item, or basically a science project gone awry. Any ideas what's eating it? I've never seen anything - I just might sneak out at night with a flashlight to see who's feasting on it. There are also onions, peppers, carrots, and beans in this bed.

More peppers, herbs (thyme and oregano), tomatoes, and strawberries. Next year I'm planting more berries and using a straw mulch.

Good thing I killed off the Grape tomato plant, it wouldn't have fit on the trellis! But I am going to miss those itty, bitty tomatoes for salads and pizza.

Even though acorn squash is tasty, I grew it for the cuteness factor. I'm sure I'll be calling on my cousin Alisha for pointers on what to do with all this squash - how do you store and use it up?

Hopefully, you haven't had a green overload. But just in case you have, I'll post pics of flowers next Tuesday. Head over to Lara's new place to see what others are Talking About

17 comments:

Elizabeth-W said...

They're beautiful!!
Maybe you have the curse of the wererabbit!

Alisha said...

yep, it must be a wererabbit.

i don't have any experience with acorn squash (except eating it once, long ago). but other winter squashes we have grown (butternut, lakota) have stored remarkably well. my aunt kept a butternut of ours from last fall until just a few weeks ago and it was great. go figure. she said she'd just kept it in her main-floor pantry. to ere on the side of safety keep it in a dark, cool room, off the floor.

i'll send you a few recipes for squash later. it looks fabulous. don't you just love the high summer beauty? lovely.

Mrs. Organic said...

I can't wait for those recipes. Thanks!

Heffalump said...

We had a garden back when we lived in Salem and we used Mushroom compost from a nearby mushroom plant. It grew beautiful (and huge) plants.

Tirzah said...

Yum! It looks so great! I am jealous! I can't wait to get out in mine!

angela michelle said...

Your garden is beautiful!

Kim N said...

That is an amazing first garden. I have taken a couple of baby steps this year, since I don't have a gardening spot in my yard yet. I have two different kinds of tomatoes in pots, about six herbs in pots, and strawberries planted as ground cover wherever I could stick them. I have also planted lavender in a couple of spots and several kinds of daisies. It has been fun!

Darcy said...

That is a fabulous garden. I'm assuming those are soaker hoses in the beds? Such a great idea!

I am jealous of the apricot tree. :) Looks like you are going to have a plentiful harvest!

-Darcy

emma hughes said...

what a gorgeous garden!!! That's totally gorgeous! I currently live in an apartment and have no garden but we are moving house at the end of auagust... the house we are moving to already has a herb patch so I cant wait to see what else I can do with the garden! :D

Rae said...

Wow! I am speechless. I was so impressed with my garden this year but, um, let's just say it is nothing compared to yours. I love how orderly it is. Absolutely beautiful!

Jennifer Lavender said...

You have a beautiful garden. Want to come help me set mine up next year?

Richelle said...

That looks great! Good job!

Claudious said...

Mrs. Organic... how does your garden grow? I have in the last year become very interested in organic gardening, and living a mostly organic life, and to look at what you have going on is just motivational, and impressive beyond words. You really have a green thumb, I'm lucky if my thumb isn't yellow... (hrm... that probably doesn't sound as good as a green thumb... weird)

Mrs. Organic said...

Thank you. So far, it's organic, but lately I've been tempted to grab some Miracle Gro and Grasshopper killer.

Marne said...

AMAZING! Fabulous job, and the results make it all worth it!

The Lazy Organizer said...

It's so beautiful! I'm still a little sad about not getting a garden this year but one more year off from gardening doesn't seem to be killing me.

athena said...

your garden is inspirational. i remember reading this post while overseas and thinking i had to do something about ours back home in texas.