Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Garden Update

I completed the mulch project as scheduled, though I'm behind in posting about it. I don't have any pictures yet of the greatest improvement. But, here are some shots I got much of the backyard garden before some nasty storm clouds rolled in last night.

The garden is growing voraciously, thanks in great part to all the rain we have had this summer. I've learned lots from my first raised bed. One is to pace myself better next year and not try to squeeze in as much as possible. It is just so hard when growing plants from seeds to limit them, to thin the tiny plants, and to remember how big the full grown plants will be. Also, I've decided peas are just too much trouble; the birds find the pea pods before I do and I would need many more plants to get more than 5 peas at a time. All in all the raised bed is a rousing success, though we have to watch out for the pumpkin plants that are threatening to take over our entire yard!

This is a flower bed I put in two summers ago.
Cooper jumped into the shot and said "Cheese!"
I don't think he comprehends that I would ever want
to take a picture of something other than him.
The giant sunflowers are growing tall.
Baby pumpkins
Baby zucchini, and judging by the amount of flowers
on the zucchini plants, the freezer full of zucchini bread
I've been dreaming about will become a reality in a month or so.
Baby tomatoesGigantic basil made for delicious grilled mozzarella, tomato
and basil sandwiches a couple of days ago.
Farmer Cooper. Check out the size of those zucchini plant leaves!


Emilie said...

WOW! you really must have had some rain. It's so lush back there! Way to go. I can't imagine how satisfying it must be to eat veggies you started from seed. And your sunflowers are twice as big as mine (not that I'm comparing)... I just posted pics of ours.

Love you!

Anonymous said...

You are continuing to amaze me, Farmer Kelly! But your greatest success is still that boy, that beautiful boy!!!

AvidReader said...

Wow!! A veritable forest of vegetables! I'm very impressed. Maybe next year I'll get some veggies planted.