So we took a 10 day trip out to New Mexico right at the time that the garden started producing tons of harvests! Needless to say, when we got home we found many surprises. Since there was so much rain even after we left the watering was not an issue, but the weeds were so out of control. The first thing I had to tackle (besides settling back in, cleaning and doing laundry!) was harvesting. We had tons of cucumbers, green beans, chard, and our first ripe tomato. There were also a couple of crookneck squash. First surprise (or not really for me) was that though I was diligent about finding and taking off SVB eggs from the zucchini plants there were larva in every one of them. Even in my test pot on the patio :(. I preformed another surgery and think that half may survive. Oh well. What can you do? Next surprise was that the voluntary plant coming out of the rock border of our new bed was a pumpkin! OH DEAR....there is no room for you baby! It was in the butternut squash bed that was already at full capacity. I also found 2 butternuts that look pretty ready, but I have never grown them so I have to look it up to make sure I can pick them. I haven't even touched the asian greens but they were eaten up pretty good and I will try to nurture them better for a fall harvest.
Today I started weeding and with the little tool we have it really hasn't been too bad and everything is coming up easily. Unfortunately John only had time to do mowing before he had to go out of town for work or it would have been finished by now. The tomatoes or so full it's ridiculous and (finger crossed) it seems like there are a lot less squirrels in the garden now that the tree is not in there any more.
On to sowing the winter radicchio! Hopefully I will post about it soon...
|A shot of the garden before we left during the crazy storms!|
|Out of control garden upon our return a few days ago!|
|First half of the green bean bed!|
|First blueberry harvest!|
|Second half of the green bean bed on day 2 of return and another squash|