Monday, August 6, 2012

What's in Your Garden?

It's August 6th and my garden is in full production.  How is your garden doing?  I checked in with my garden this morning to see what needed harvesting.  My onions, and beets should get pulled right away and my lettuce has bolted.  It's time to put what is left of the lettuce into the compost pile.

August Vegetable Garden Update

A Look at an August Vegetable Garden
Onions, Lettuce, and Beets
My tomatoes are finally turning red.  We wait impatiently every summer for those wonderful garden tomatoes.  There's nothing that can compare to a home grown tomato picked fresh from the vine.  It's time to make our favorite tomato salad.

Tomatoes Ripening on the Vine
Tomatoes are Finally Ripening!

I'm hoping for an abundance of cherry tomatoes, all ripening at once, so I can roast up a tasty roasted tomato bruschetta topping.  Yum!

Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes

The cucumbers are growing with vigor up and around three tomato cages.  Vertical gardening of the cucumbers has saved me lots of space in my raised beds.

I wish I could say the same about my squash plants.  I planted my two squash plants too close to my jalapeno pepper plants and I am paying the price.  I'm getting nothing from my jalapenos.  I've learned my lesson for next year.

Zucchini and Jalapeno Peppers
The Squash Crowding the Jalapenos

I planted multiple rows of green beans this year because we love them so much.  They are growing well.  That is, except for my second patch of beans.

Wilted Green Bean PLants
What's Going On with the Beans?
What's that I spy?  Why are the leaves of those bean plants wilting? I see something in among those bean plants?

A Rabbit in the Garden
What's That I See?

Who belongs to that eye I see peering out from under the leaves?

Oh, Peter Rabbit, this is NOT Mr. McGregor's garden!  It's time for you to go!

A Garden Rabbit
Leave My Garden Alone!

Do you have any surprises in your garden?



  1. Rabbits, chipmunks, deer: all compete for my tomato crop. My herbs are a mixed bag this year, some doing very well, others not really thriving. I need to enrich my soil in the Fall, and move some plants around. Still, there are more than enough herbs for my cooking, and we're getting our share of tomatoes, too. I'm thinking about adding cucumbers next year.

    1. I need to enrich my soil this fall as well. I'll definitely be rotating the veggies next year and I have learned to be careful about crowding. No two growing seasons are the same and we have to be prepared for what Mother Nature serves up, including our furry visitors.

  2. I have already made 2 batches of pesto and started drying parsley and oregano for the winter. I have lots of cherry tomatoes, not so many peppers and jalapenos but quite a few red chili peppers, although not red yet!!!!. You have told me to be patient with the peppers, so I will!!! No Peter Rabbit for me as my plants are in containers!!! Also, I have had "samples" of your cucumbers, beans, onions and peas....all delicious.


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