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Early July Garden

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It’s time to reflect on what our garden is doing.

For Chef, that time occurs at least twice a day.  He takes a “garden walk” every morning and evening.

The squash and zuchinni are doing pretty well.  It looks like we have about three zuchinnis and five or six yellow squashes growing.

The pumpkins don’t look great at all.  One plant looks okay, but it doesn’t show any signs of producing fruit.  Is it still too early?  I’m disappointed.  I really wanted pumpkins.

The potatoes are flowering.


The cabbages are looking good.


I can see turnips growing.


The tomatoes are turning red.


The Kentucky Wonder beans are growing up the pole.

How does it know how to do that?

Look how big that bean plant is getting!  (And check out the cute dogs in the background, and the wimpy looking tomato plants to the left.)

Speaking of wimpy tomatoes, we’ve had mixed results with the straw bale gardening.  Some of the plants have done wonderfully, while some of them have remained puny.  We got straw from two different sources, and we don’t know if that’s the cause, or if it has to do with the way the tomatoes were started (some of them were started much earlier than others, and were put into the straw bales at a more mature stage.)  So we’ve got some puny tomato plants as in the photo directly above, and some plants that must be a good five feet tall with fruit that’s nearly ready to harvest.  Hmmm.  We’ll have to do some more thinking about this method.

Also growing well are the trees in our gutters.

Yeah, we really need to get those out of there.

Chef loves the garden.

About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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