We're in the midst of a weather pattern that only a gardener could love!
Daily storms have provided enough moisture to make watering unnecessary.
The garden has literally exploded with green biomass.
Every single seedling has thrived,
and each plant has produced beautiful, tasty veggies.
(The cucumbers above are "salt and pepper" cucumbers.)
The area of the garden that is planted with squash is like a squash nursery...
with vines filling the aisles between the boxes.
with tiny babies hanging on each vine...
growing bigger each day!
The great thing about squash in raised beds is just how many plants you can cram into one bed.
Most of the plant ends up spilling out onto the floor of the garden...
so there is no waste of useful space.
Baby pumpkins appear to grow right before my eyes.
Hopefully this little fellow will some day grow up to be a pumpkin pie!
The only downside to all of this growth is the fact that it is not limited to just the veggies.
No, the weeds have mass produced and formed a green carpet between the
I spent several hours yesterday pulling weeds.
Luckily, with so much rain it is quite easy to yank them out of the moist mulch by the roots.
Interspersed between the edibles are beds of cutting flowers
which are growing equally well.
Sunflowers line the garden fence and will soon tip their smiling faces toward the sun.
I literally spend hours here each day, weeding, weeding, weeding.
Moll is my faithful companion who never leaves my side.
It's good to have company with a job as big as this!
We are also now in the midst of blueberry season,
and pick our 100 blueberry plants nightly.
By the end of the week I will have enough blueberries to make a large batch
of blueberry lime jam.
These plants are about 6 years old now,
and this year for the first time are yielding tons of big juicy berries.
In addition to blueberry jam, I see blueberry buckle in our immediate future...
as well as some berries frozen for use during the winter.