Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our Growing Garden

Summer 2010 gardening got off to a late start, due to cold weather here well into June, and late planting from us since it took so much work just to get the beds prepared. We are getting close to having an abundance of food from our garden, just now at the first of August. So far, we have eaten strawberries and raspberries (mostly Sweet Pea ate those because she picked them nearly every time we went outside), some snap peas, zucchini, a head of broccoli, and some herbs.

About to ripen are tomatoes, cabbage, beans, a second round of berries, and within the next month we will have apples, plums, corn, carrots, and potatoes.

This is what the garden looked like June 11:
Here is July 11:

Then in two weeks, things grew like mad (July 25):

And by yesterday, one week later, you can see that I planted too close together once again:
It is so gratifying to see the fruits (and vegetables, haha) of our labor. Every year and every planting is a learning process. This year I might try for a winter garden as well using maybe three of the beds. What do people like for overwintering mulch? Straw, leaves, newspaper? I am considering all three. Maybe we'll do an experiment.

I would welcome links to your garden posts and photos in comments! Please share!


  1. So great! Glad you are getting so much produce.
    I think something may be wrong with our tomatoes because they are not producing anything yet. I think I may need to feed them. Do you use anything to feed your plants?

  2. Great question, Melissa. This year I did feed my plants with a bag of organic fertilizer, based on chicken poo. It seemed to help them take off after a slow start, no sun, and many things transplanted much later than they should have been.

    If they lost their flowers due to a rainstorm, they might not make anything. That happened to our apples and plums last year. I don't know if there's anything you can do about it, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!