An Early Morning in the Veg Garden

Thankfully, a brief thunder-storm and some much needed rain arrived last night around 10pm.  Everything has looked so sad and brown without our usual, weekly rain fall.

Note the brown grass everywhere, although the sheep still manage to find the green stuff


I woke up this morning and brought the dogs out to the orchard area while I tended to the hens, ducks and sheep.  Although they have a rather large fenced in “dog” area to call their own, they love to roam around the orchard and, when allowed, in the sheep pasture.  So many new smells for them, since the bunnies, deer, wild turkeys and whoever else, pass through this area on their treks to and from our woods.

Magnolia and a Corgi bum (Tilly) sniffing around the compost pile.  Every year we seem to have sunflowers and often pumpkins that grow in the waste of last year’s veg garden.  I even dropped some extra potato sets I had into the compost this year and they’ve done marvelously.

The grass felt marvelously cool on my sandaled feet after the rain, and there was a light mist dancing among the tree tops of the wood line.  The sun was breaking through some of the remaining clouds, and everything glistened in the early morning light.  Even though it still felt humid, there is something wonderful about an early summer morning after a rainfall.IMG_5559


Despite the lack of rain, the vegetable garden is doing quite well.  The “three sisters” produced a bunch of pole beans (so many that I had to remove many of the plants because of the weight on the corn stalks), acorn squash (I just harvested 2, with plenty more in the vines) and even our corn is beginning to form cobs.  The “Contender” green beans are beginning to flower for their second round.  IMG_5555.JPG

The zucchini and cucumbers are in full swing, as our the delicious cherry tomatoes.  I’ve already pulled the majority of the onions and shallots (which are now curing in the barn for 2-3 weeks), and the first planting of beets (roasted and frozen for later use).  The zinnia, cosmos, borage, scarlet runner beans and nasturtium are all flowering beautifully as well, and fulfilling their purpose of adding a splash of color and attracting pollinators and beneficial insects.  I’m even daring to hope that the Japanese beetles might be on the downswing.IMG_5558.JPG

The pumpkin patch, although a bit weedy, is doing well despite the early attack of squash beetles this year.  I had planted 4 rows of different types of pumpkins.  Two rows survived – I have no idea which types, so it’ll be a surprise.  But the vines are loaded.IMG_5544.JPG

I had several “volunteer” sunflowers pop up throughout the patch thanks to the resident crow family.  I had to remove most of them, but I left the large one you see above at the head of the patch.  Nora says it looks like a scarecrow from a distance.

The “scarecrow” up close and personal; she does look kind of ominous
The new arch covered in scarlet runner beans and snap peas (done for the year); you can see the corn stalks in the distance.  This is the first year we’ve gotten this far with our corn; usually the crows beat us to it.  As you can see from the brown foliage on the front right side, the potatoes are getting close to harvest time as well.  Hard to believe we’re already in early August.

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  1. The wider angle photos of your lot are beautiful! You really have a lovely garden and property! Glad you got some rain. We have had it so incredibly hot here in our area in Japan that I barely venture out. It is 122 degrees at the moment-50 degrees C! We have had no rain for a month. My tomatoes are alive because I water them faithfully…I pray we get some rain soon!


  2. Dear Mrs. N, 122 degrees sounds absolutely horrid! I can barely tolerate anything above 85 degrees. I do hope you end up with some rain and cooler temperatures soon. And thank you the compliment on the garden and property!


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