We’ve had a lot of things happening – it was really hot for the beginning of summer, so my garden was growing like crazy. We’ve cooled down a bit for the last few days, and today it got sunny again. Here are some nice pictures of our gardens and yard:
Some bee balm growing against the house. I split this plant – took some and put it in the cottage garden.
Last month, I went out and found that my beautiful herb spiral was ruined by something – we suspect skunks. They moved the rocks, and then have been digging for grubs or something. Some plants survived – they didn’t eat the plants, just messed them up on their way to the grubs.
Here you can see another spot where my spiral was messed up, but not as bad. I tried fixing the spiral for a couple days and then gave up. I will get some motion lights to try to deter the skunks before I try recreating it.
Here is the squash jungle. This part is butternut squash.
Here are a couple baby Gete Okosomin squash. There are tons of them on the 3 plants I am growing.
Here is a Gete Okosomin that we accidentally picked early. It was in a weird spot and I wanted to keep it off the ground – I went to adjust it and knocked it off the vine. It was 6 pounds. They can get up to around 20 lbs when ripe. We cut it up and it was soft like zucchini, so I used it as I would zucchini this week.
Here are the gourd plants. They are both birdhouse gourds. I had a mixed pack – there is one plant that is very tiny by the door in the background. I don’t know that I’ll actually get any gourds from it. I was hoping for a bowl gourd plant. But birdhouse ones are nice. I want to make some cool gourd art eventually.
Here are the gourd flowers. They are really cool, I was expecting them to look like squash flowers. I like how these are growing, they just look really whimsical.
Here are some gourds getting bigger on the vine.
Our giant rogue sunflower (grew from last year’s seed, randomly in the garden). This was just before something knocked it over – it was broken at the base but still connected. I tried tying it up to save it. It still flowered but the leaves look dead.
Here is the bloom – for a few days after I tied it back up, the leaves would wilt by end of day, but be all healthy looking by morning. But for the last few days the leaves have been wilted all day. It now has 3 blooms though, even though the leaves look sad.
Here is my first red sunflower – one I started from seed this year (on purpose instead of volunteer/rogue).
Another picture of the squash jungle, from inside the garden fence.
Here is a terra cotta frog I have in the cottage garden. (photo courtesy Elton Powell)
The terra cotta frog sits under the foxglove. (photo courtesy Elton Powell)
Here is another view of the foxglove. (photo courtesy Elton Powell)
I’m growing Balsam for the first time – the blooms are pretty. (photo courtesy Elton Powell)
Here is a little helper, (well, kind of a big helper), Mr. toad. He was living in the main garden, I found him under my tomatoes.
I’ve been wanting a wind spinner. I have a plastic colorful one, but I wanted a metal one. I had some scrap aluminum sheet, so I made my own. I just made it the other day so I have not seen it actually spin in the wind yet. We’ll see how this works. (photo courtesy Elton Powell)
My Wizard has a friend. This black and white kitty comes to our yard sometimes. She has stayed with various neighbors around here, but I don’t know what home she originally came from. My son named her Shadow. She and Wizzy are good friends. (photo courtesy Elton Powell)
My back garden, which I increased in size from last year, is doing ok. I have a lot of things growing in it, most of which was not what I planted. I have a lot of weeds, but luckily they are mostly lamb’s quarters, which are edible and actually really delicious (they taste kind of like spinach). I liked the few we found last year so much that I bought seeds for this year, and then didn’t have to plant any – they grew on their own. Here are some photos of my back garden plot.
Here is the bed that is mostly full of lamb’s quarters. I am going to let them grow a bit more before harvesting. I have some stuff I planted that is (kind of) growing in amongst all the lamb’s quarters. This should be Kale, beets, onions, and carrots.
Here are some of my turnips. I planted a couple of small rows and they actually all seem to have sprouted, and are doing well. I like turnips when they are smallish – we cook them in butter. I haven’t had them in several years, but, yum.
I think I have found four carrots in amongst the lamb’s quarters. I have replanted more seeds so hopefully here soon we will see more. Here is one of the four I have found.
I might have a few onions, I planted a couple rows originally but have only found a couple. Here is one of them. I replanted seeds again this week so should see more soon, hopefully.
Here is my kale. I grew these inside at first as seedlings and then planted about 20 of them in the garden. I think most of them have survived, and are doing well. The leaves on this one are about 5 inches long.
I planted a little raised area next to my strawberry patch (which is also in the back garden plot) with chard, lettuce, and spinach. Here is my romaine. I put seedlings in and most are still there and doing well.
This is part of my strawberry patch. I’m not too impressed – this year I planted 25 plants into a “lasagna” garden. I have maybe 10 that survived. I figure if they all make it I will adjust their positions and let them fill the garden in, instead of buying more plants next year. These are starting to get flowers on some of the plants.
Here are some of my brussel sprouts. They are doing good. I have netting over them to prevent stupid cabbage moths from laying eggs. They decimated my cabbage last year.
Here is a toad that I keep running into in the back garden. I think he lives there, which makes me happy. They eat lots of bugs. He must get scared each time I come into the garden because he always hops which makes me see him. If he just hid I wouldn’t know he was there.
The other night it was going to storm. It was the second time I’d run into Mr. Toad. So I found a flower pot and made him a makeshift toad house. The plants aren’t really big enough to give him any shelter yet. I put him inside, and I saw him in there later on, looking out, like he liked his house.