Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Late Summer Gardens 2012
The gardens are very overgrown with flowers (intentionally planted) and hay seeds (unintentionally sown), and I have a feeling that this will be the last really vibrant weekend of my summer gardens before the flowers start wilting and the plants begin to get scraggly.
The clearance priced gladioli have begun to bloom and it was so much fun to wait in anticipation of what colour and size the blooms would be.
The kids are super excited as our pumpkins begin to change colour and take on a more pumpkin-esque hue.
Unfortunately, I was never really able to get on top of the cucumber beetle that seemed to love living in the large pumpkin blooms and the mildewy leaf disease that they spread has really damaged both the pumpkin and cucumber plants. Luckily, we've managed to get a few cucumber harvests into pickle jars and hopefully the pumpkin vine will hold out until the pumpkins completely mature.
Here's the embarrassing mess that I call the tomato patch.... I was overzealous in my planting (again!) and I also let a few plants that self-seeded grow. Which is why there is hardly any breathing space in that garden, barely any weeding leeway and certainly not enough space for the kids to get in and help me pick the tomatoes of the inner sanctum.
So far only one pepper plant has anything to show for all their flowers. Still waiting and hoping for the other plants to start production. Kind of sad that we don't have any scotch bonnets this year because nothing beats sauce and rubs made from fresh hot peppers.
Our cherry tomatoes are also producing and the boys love eating those straight off the vine. I need to snag some tomatoes so that I can save some seeds for next year since these are the only tomatoes that my boys love eating so much. Something about the small size and this particular varietal's thin skins makes them extra juicy and sweet.
Anyway, that's all for now. Just wanted to share what the rabbits (and squirrels now too... grrr...) haven't stolen.