You haven’t heard me bragging about the garden this summer because, well, in a word, it’s been awful. We usually plant a big garden (25 x 40) and a small spring garden which holds spring crops, such as, lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, etc.
Everything was looking good before we went out west last month on vacation. Although we enjoyed wonderful weather on our trip, apparently the Midwest received buckets of rain the entire time. We returned to a garden full of weeds, at least, that which was not drowned. I could watch them grow on the deer cam.
Then with a couple of weeks of extreme heat, there were some crops that we just gave up on. The peas blew past, the kale, lettuce and spinach bolted. The beans, corn, and squash in the big garden looked anemic.
This past month we have spent hoeing and weeding, feeding and trimming. Some things we’ve just given up on. I planted new beans a couple of weeks ago and they’re up now, doing nicely. The sweet corn has recovered but we’re trying to keep the varmints out of it until we can pick it. The raccoons have already cleaned out the apple trees and devastated my seckle pear.
The sunflowers are out, the butterflies are loving the zinnias, and we’ll still probably end up with way too many tomatoes.
Anyway, that’s life in the country.
Lovely photos. Raccoons harvested my tomatoes, which are just beginning to ripen now that the rains have stopped. This season has certainly been a challenge. It’s not too late to plant beets, carrots, beans, Wando peas…..
We’ve got plenty of tomatoes and more coming. This year I’ve got solar-powered motion lights in the garden. Based on the footprints, I know they’ve scared away some critters already. We’ll probably plant some peas and more cold crops in late August. It’s just been a difficult growing year.