The garden is always in a continual state of change. We all know that. But sometimes the change is so “present” that we feel it as we stand in our gardens.
That was the case as I stood in mine on Saturday, July 21st, in a misty cool much-needed rain. The desire to garden that had been suppressed by July’s heat and dryness, came rushing back. It seemed all the optimism and gratitude in the world was within my chest and I was filled with all kinds of emotions.
Gone is the youthful beauty of my spring garden and borders. It’s been replaced with the beauty of a more mature garden. A garden that is even more productive and bountiful. A garden that is feeding me now and will feed me in the winter.
With the rain came the renewing of the ground for planting and certainly the renewing of my wanting to plant. There are many changes and many beginnings in a garden. Here in mid-summer is where the fall garden begins.
Come visit my garden:
Entrance to the garden – July 21, 2012
Certain beds have needed more straw but I didn’t want to add it until after a rain. Now is the perfect time!
Looking to the left as I enter the garden. The bees are still using the echinacea. So I can’t bring myself to cutting it back.
Butterfly on fading echinacea blossom.
Late potatoes in grow bag. I can hardly wait to see how many potatoes I get from this experiment.
These potatoes have about finished. They were planted in late March. I’ll leave them in the ground until I need them.
Komo eggplant in grow bag. The flea beetle found them this year, but they grew anyway.
Lettuce starting to seed; eva purple tomatoes (new for me this year); diva cuke; top right is wall of tomatoes (brandywine and dafel) in front of asparagus.
Pepper and Russian Kale that volunteered.
Diva Cucumber – the Queen of the Mid Summer Garden
Asparagus and tomato.
Lettuce seeding, late tomatoes, radishes. Looking toward the border in front of the garden. I used this picture to show you how the beds are raised.
This looks like a honey bee. I hope so. I’ve hardly seen any this year.
When these tomatoes first started — they were the most lush in the garden. After a while it looked to me as if they had a blight and I’ve continued to pull the bad leaves off trying to keep it from spreading —- thus the bare limbs. They look worse than any in the garden, but have produced more heavily than any so far. The tomatoes have been delicious and picture perfect. I’ll save seed again this year and eventually hope to have a tomato perfectly suited for my conditions.
I’ve planted squash 5 times. I lost 14 plants. These look like they might make it — but I’m checking for squash bugs twice a day.
It probably is a waste of space to grow these little window box romas, because a big tomatoe would take the same amount of space and give me more Return on Investment. But they look so wonderful and I enjoy them for roasting — so I can’t resist growing a few. Next to this one you see radishes in bloom. In the background you see grow bags (black) that I have along the edge of the garden.
One of my favorite spots in the garden. It’s shaded from 3:30 on. Chard, lettuce, snap dragons, chinese parsley and lemon balm.
This grow bag had eggplant last year. Extra peppers take the space this year. Late planted Opalka Tomato plant is to the left.
My favorite part of the side border gets afternoon shade. Tomato is circled in blue.
Close up of the tomato shown above. It’s heavy with fruit.
Phlox and late blooming Daylily
This was a volunteer tomato in the side border and I just couldn’t pull it up! The lower right is where I had carrots. I guess the rabbit ate the tops before they had a chance to grow. A pepper is to the left and also one to the right.
Someone who had taken a “master gardeners” course told me that pink and orange was a no-no. I disagree. This last of the season lily was wonderful with this phlox.
Five varieties of onions. Cured and ready for winter.
I keep my fig bush small. I enjoy eating them fresh from the tree when I’ve been working in the yard. I freeze a few for smoothies.
If we get a nice rain or two, we should have some nice raspberries.
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient and it’s a lot healthier.
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