This summer started full of promise in the garden. I’d decided to nix training for any big road races, and figured I’d have all this time to be out working in the garden. But with two active children home from school, and busy schedules, it’s just not turned out to what I’d envisioned.
Today I decided to survey the state of my garden and I was surprised to see how many things have grown in spite of my obvious lack of care. The photo above is one of my kiwi vines. After several years of largely doing nothing, they’ve decided to take off and are now rapping on my living room window.
I’ve got quite a few kiwi fruit growing happily too. I have no idea when they are done… I really need to do some homework.
Here’s the current condition of my garden. Some stuff is mature, other has completely gone to seed and/or is in need of a trim!
This is attempt #2 at growing watermelon in the Puget Sound. I’ve actually got a flower (finally!). It only took about 3 months. But now, time’s a-tickin’. I chose a miniature variety in hopes that it won’t require as many days to mature.
A few popcorn stalks.
I have several lemon cucumbers that really need to get picked (and eaten) right now.
My poor tomato plants. Sigh. I guess I wasn’t so good about watering this year. But, I do have a few small red tomatoes.
Doesn’t the corn silk make you think of Fraggle Rock? Look! A baby pumpkin! Isn’t it perfect and cute? Unfortunately, it’s the only one growing on any of my pumpkin plants, in spite of there being flowers. (Sad.)
A few lowly zucchini squash ripening. We did have a large one that I picked a couple weeks ago. It got turned into minestrone soup and zucchini bread and it was delicious.
I have been eating some garden carrots lately, too.
This is my first time growing shallots, and I do believe I have a few small ones ready.
And of course, there are always some welcoming friends, no matter the state of the garden.
How does your garden grow? Have you been diligent to water and tend it, in these dusty and hot August days? Or has your garden gone a bit wild, as mine has? I’d love to hear!