8/16/14 – Pumpkin Update

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My glorious pumpkin – not shown: bastard rodent bite marks.

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Garden Update 8/6/2014

Things are getting a little out of control, and I love it. Observe the gargantuan pumpkin vine below.  This was taken on July 30. It runs the length of the 12 foot garden, but at a diagonal – is it 14, 15 feet long? It now has two tiny baby fruits. So at the very least, we will have that… Although, I’m hoping for more so I won’t be devastated when the squirrels and chipmunks start feasting on them. I have fed it nothing besides the compost we made last fall.

find me behind tomatoes The same vine, One Week Later: IMG_1179 IMG_1178 Did you also notice my hands sticking up from behind the tomato plants? These same plants that I grew from seed at the end of our cold, cold winter? Some of the vines have been lashed back toward the trellis; if they stood straight up, they might be 8 or 9 feet tall.  As I mentioned in a previous post, we now have ripening fruit on the Fox Cherry vine – though they are not really cherry sized anymore. We have one truly red tomato and two more that are just blushing. I am eager to taste them, but would like to be sure they are good and ripe. For now, the green tomatoes far outnumber these three reddish ones. Of course, I am also anxiously awaiting the Yellow Pear to turn, well, yellow. All of the Martian Giants are still pale green, and the Brandywines have not grown one blossom.

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Here are some other views from around the garden: Finally bigger-than-a-pea peppers, cucumber blossoms, and yellow summer squash blossoms.

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Garden Update 7/30/2014

My tomatoes are out of control. In fact, the picture below was taken at the beginning of the month.

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I’ve since had to take out two plants and possibly looking at taking out a third due to wilt. The other plants are looking ok, except for where excessive weight has bent a branch.
In “finally!” news, the green tomatoes are finally starting to ripen! I thought the day would never come.

I had a great run with the Empress beans from Seed Savers International. They are tasty, truly stringless even at 8 inches! I’ve planted a second round and looking forward to those too.

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The pumpkin is taking over part of the lawn now, much to Honey’s chagrin. He’s in charge of the mowing and finds it a pain in the ass to jigsaw around this monster.

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But I like messy! I honestly hadn’t the slightest idea how big a pumpkin could get; my puny patch ain’t so puny anymore! It shares a root space with a “volunteer” squash, which is actually growing a fruit!

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I have zero idea what specific kind of fruit it will turn out to be. Honey thinks I’m nuts, I find it exciting. There’s another squash or melon or something growing out of the old compost pile, looking like it wants to fruit.

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Evil Slugs

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“My Little Jungle”

We are getting so much rain this summer, and my garden is happy for it! I have hardly had to supplement with my stored rain water because we’ve had one to two inches of rainfall pretty much every week.

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I harvested all my peas today for an awesome salad I shared with Josh and I’ve noticed some fox cherry, a yellow pear, and a Martian giant growing on my tomato vines. They are getting so huge, even taller than me!

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Lillies and a Rose

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What’s this?

A firefly on a Grand Rapids lettuce.

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Reference: insect identification

Two candy-striped leaf hoppers on a nasturtium.

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