I'm just glad our mountains are safe from any fires caused by that storm. Anyway, I'm sending out this post today to make up for the last two I've missed... enjoy!
This picture is a month from the last garden shot and things are filling the beds now. The green beans are strangling their supports and trying to escape their hoop. I see now that the plants were mislabeled as these are definitely climbers and not bushes. I keep pinching them back but it may not be enough to keep them in any sort of bounds.
There are beans almost ready to harvest in that mess of leaves and...
... I'm pulling large-peach-sized golden beets out, too. The carrots in this same bed are getting to the size where I'll need to be pulling them out soon.
Still, several plants (like these two zucchini) are not performing as expected. They languished for a whole month and are just now putting out the large leaves I'd expected and a couple male flowers. I believe I already had eatable-sized fruit by this time last year. The spinach around them have been growing by leaps and bounds and it is a very strange bed when the spinach is taller than the zucchini. Hope things speed up for the squash now.
|... Blue Dwarf and Early Hanover kale...|
The kale's are growing with abandon and keeping the hens stuffed is a full-time job now.
|... Red Russian kale...|
This red bed is only growing over half the bed. I think they didn't like being eaten down at the beginning of the season and probably the seed was a tad old too, as the packet was from last year. Still, half is better than none and they've taken off and the tulle has kept the aphids off, whereas last year they were covered.
The dreaded beetles are around but I have beaten them (yeah, right) with the tulle. Only seen about 7 on plants and not the hoards like the years before this one. Maybe the word has gotten around to them?..
... maybe they found better garden access somewhere else?...
... maybe Mother Nature has finally taken a liking to me?...