Monday, July 15, 2013

Finally a garden!

Every year, Farmer Doc gets a little excited about our garden. It is always huge, and it always gets overrun by weeds. Last year, with the drought, the garden was a total loss. He spent a lot of time this spring getting the ground ready, tilling in more cattle manure (good thing we have plenty of that!), working the ground, and getting everything ready to plant. As always, we got a late start.

So, while I’m jealous that everyone has lots of garden-fresh produce right now and we don’t… everyone will be jealous of me in late September when we still have fresh off-the-vine tomatoes and no one else does!

Here’s our late garden… believe it or not, it is a lot smaller than it has been in the past!

garden 2013
We’re trying something new this year to deal with the weeds. The great thing about cattle manure is that is makes amazing fertilizer. The terrible thing about cattle manure is that is also grows weeds like it’s going out of style. We have a giant weed battle every year, and most years the weeds win. This year, we put cardboard down around most of the single plants, and we spread a thick layer of straw around the rest of the garden. So far, this is helping a ton!

The squash and zucchini plants are just starting to bloom. (I think there are eight of these. Eight. We’ll have zucchini coming out of our ears soon!)

squash plants July 8
We also planted some butternut squash and spaghetti squash. We tried these two years ago, and the squash bugs got ahead of us and ate everything. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep ahead of the bugs this year.

We have lots and lots of tomato plants. Most of them are just barely starting to flower. We did plant one cherry tomato plant (in my herb garden) and one yellow pear tomato plant. The yellow pear is taking off like crazy – it’s as tall as my waist and still going!

tomato flowers July 8
The bell peppers are actually headed somewhere already. I’m looking forward to these in some fresh salsa!

bell peppers July 8
We planted watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydew melons. I don’t remember which one this is.

melons July 8
We tried planting peas this year. We got them in late, so they didn’t come up very well, but the ones that are there are looking pretty good!

peas July 8
Sadie is helping the cucumbers climb their fence.

cucumbers July 8
Here’s our first stand of green beans. We haven’t ever had green beans that looked this good, and Farmer Doc is pretty excited about this one!

green beans July 8
Our sweet corn doesn’t look quite as good as the beans, but we’re still pretty happy with it so far this year.

sweet corn July 8
And back here? A later planting of more green beans and sweet corn. And the little blue flags are where Farmer Doc planted pumpkin seeds. We’ll be growing jack-o-lantern pumpkins, crazy-huge pumpkins, and lots and lots of pie pumpkins. (There is really nothing better than a pumpkin pie made with real, from the garden pumpkin!)

more corn and beans July 8
In other news, my herb garden is doing much better than I thought it would! If I’m not careful, that cilantro is going to take over the world! I need to do a little research on how to harvest and store some of these herbs…

herb garden July 8
Our blackberries are also doing great this year. We’re going to have a bumper crop! The branches did have some trouble finding the fence this year, so everything is in a big clump on the ground this year. But that’s okay.

blackberry bushes July 8
(Don’t worry, there’s a fence between that cow and the blackberries.)

These should be coming ripe any day now. Which means lots of homemade blackberry ice cream and blackberry cobbler this summer!

blackberries July 8
Do you have a garden this year? How is it coming along?


  1. No garden...but our yard is wild with the previous tenants attempts at gardening. We have 5 blueberry bushes, raspberries and blackberries surrounding the entire perimeter of the yard. Crab apples, grape vines, lavender, rosemary, etc. :)

  2. Yeah for blackberry ice cream! I don't remember if John said you didn't have any blackberries last year, if you were out, or both! Hope to have some for Thresherman's in a couple weeks!

  3. I love the idea of blueberry bushes! I may put in a request for them once we finally get around to landscaping...

  4. We didn’t have many blackberries last year. It seems like we have a great crop every other year. Last year was the off year, plus the drought, so we didn’t have many at all. This year, we’re in business! :)


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