It’s been so fun walking out in my garden again. After a hot summer hiatus where it was like a chore tending to my garden, I can’t wait to head out there each day and check out the changes.
And there have been a lot of them! Here are some updates from the backyard:
In the main garden, it’s becoming vine central with the butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and watermelon going strong. The butternut squash is just getting started and the sweet potatoes are taking over. The watermelon keeps trying to produce some watermelons but I have a feeling it might be a lost cause. Oh well I will let them keep trying for a little while longer.
Peppers … finally the peppers seem happy! After a rough spring and then barely hanging on during the summer, they finally seem like happy campers with lots of new blossoms and even a banana pepper. They had a major aphid infestation this summer that was tough to battle. Thankfully these little ladies showed up and had a little feast. And it looks like they just might be starting their family in their new home.
In went the brassica’s a few weeks ago—broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts. All were transplants except the Brussels, I started those from seed. Not sure they are going to make it though so I might need to hunt down some transplants. Can’t wait till all of these plants take off, they are having a slow start (but they did get planted in 100°+ weather so I guess I will give them some slack…).
And also the new little tomato plant I planted seems to be doing it’s thing with a bunch of new blossoms. Still no tomatoes, but it looks promising!
My carrots that I planted a few weeks ago also made their debut recently. I will need to thin them out eventually but here are their little sprouts… so cute!
That brings me to my new little side garden. I have been pleasantly surprised with how this is going. The pumpkins are taking over and I am loving it! Still no fruit starts and I don’t think I will get a pumpkin by Halloween, but I am hoping for Thanksgiving. It is definitely possible since it has lots of blossoms!
I also planted butternut squash over here and half of them are going strong. The other half never sprouted but then my mom mentioned how the fence that is there would be great for growing beans. So in a way I am kind of thankful the first round of squash didn’t make it and left room to plant some green beans. And now they are taking off and even started hooking itself to the fence. Looking forward to seeing these guys produce.
And lastly there is my patio garden. The limes are all ripening up and now I have more than I know what to do with! The herbs are also happy about the cooler weather.
Seriously loving my new fall garden! I am trying to take a new approach and not worry too much about bugs and diseases, but still keeping an eye on things. I will let you know how this “laidback” approach goes…
I still have a few more things to plant when it gets a little cooler, but so excited about this new season!
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