Aug 29, 2012

Garden Update

It was touch and go there for a while with a garden this year. Between the grasshopper infestation, an unexpected cool down and rain just as the tomatoes were blooming and some pesky rodents, we weren’t sure how things were going to fair. Of course, we planned on this being a test year anyhow.
But we’ve been reaping the rewards for a while now. Our zucchini and yellow squash crop has been amazing. As you can see from the picture above, the zucchini has been monstrous in size! And in the last few weeks the large tomatoes have been rolling in, as have the lemon cucumbers. I may need to try some canning this year to keep up with some of the crop, although I have been enjoying the tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar.

The cherry tomatoes have also been doing quite well and we have eggplants growing as we speak. The bell peppers and regular peppers are still a bit disappointing, but are yielding results – which is better than past years.

We also now know we need to rethink the design. Our tomato plants grew so much, that they dwarfed the corn. Most of our corn plants never got the sun they needed and have died. We did plant a few seeds a while ago but its not looking like we will get anything from them, as well. Next year we will probably plant the tomato plants around the yard.

Our corn planted from seed - still pretty small

Dead Corn - Thanks tomatoes!

One of the tomato plants - so big it toppled the metal stakes surrounding it!

More tomatoes on their way
We have also gotten some artichokes, but they have been too small to eat. And while we can see eggplant growing, they are still only softball size.

You can kind of make out one of the eggplants
~ Sarah

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