Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Month Ago . . . and Today

It's time for the comparison pictures of what my garden looked like a month ago on June 1st and now on July 1st.  I was actually thinking there wouldn't be much of any difference at all, but there has been a little change.  Just not as much as would/could/should be seen in a month's time.


Here are the raised beds a month ago.


And the raised beds yesterday.  Certainly not as far along as I would expect them to be at this mid-summer point, but we have had more than our share of lack of sunshine and cool weather in the last thirty days.


The field garden was looking mostly bare on June 1st.


A little more to be seen here now, but many of the plants are still so small they don't show up in this picture.


A very bare, unplanted pumpkin patch on June 1st.


Although you'd never know it by this picture taken one month later, the whole pumpkin patch is planted.  You'll have to believe me that the corn is starting to break through and one pumpkin seed (it's one of yours, A) has made it to daylight.

Sure hope we have a sunny, warm month of July to encourage some rapid growth out there.  Maybe on August 1st I'll be able to say, "Wow, what a difference a month makes!"

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    1. Thanks, Jane! You're very sweet to say so.

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  2. I think I will go outside and fill a box with hot air (105 right now down from another 113) and send it to you FEDEX !!!!!!

    You garden looks beautiful ...... you know the comment rumbling thru my head.

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    1. Tombstone Livestock - Thanks, A! I know you are trying really, really hard to be nice. ;o}

      P.S. If we see a FedEx truck pull in the driveway, I'm shooting out the tires!

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  3. Something is missing...

    ...oh yeah. The weeds!

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    1. tpals - Mama Pea hates weeds! I'm a little OCD about it because I know if they get ahead of me, I'll never (never, ever, ever) be able to catch up!

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  4. Your garden does look beautiful! Great idea to take the photos for comparison because it sounds like you thought not much was happening, but the photos tell another story and must make you feel better?!

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    1. Lisa - That is soooo true! When we see something every single day, we don't register the changes that are taking place . . . like right before our eyes! Duh.

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  5. Holey Moley !!!!!

    It's so,. so...ORGANIZED ! I am in awe. You are SO my hero.

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    1. Oh, pul-eeze! The only reason the garden may look good is because I spend time out there so I don't have to clean out my closet. (It's been so long I'm afraid I might find a litter of kittens in there or something equally as weird. And we don't even have a cat.)

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  6. Your garden looks great. I took pictures of last month and this month also. I love seeing the changes.

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    1. I think seeing the changes is what keeps us going! Your garden is soooo far ahead of mine.

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  7. Your beds are a LOT fuller than mine. I'm pretty much giving up on this year. I'll be happy with the taters and onions at this point. Hard to imagine much more going wrong this year. It's been a tough one. But we can be glad we're not suffering through all the heat others are dealing with.

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    1. Sue - I'm still trying to decide what the heck to do regarding my non-germinating green and yellow beans! Arrrgh. Beans are our main veggie all winter long. (Especially since I learned how to make them with bacon grease seasoning thanks to Carolyn Renee!) Gotta say, though, our weather has been mostly lovely for being outside. Very few days so far that were really hot. Just a few too many cool (okay, cold) ones!

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    2. Beans are our favorite vegetable in the winter as well. We use at least a quart a week. I did replant mine, but I don't know---it's been over a week again and still nothing coming up. In years past, beans started popping up in just a few days. ARGH!
      Well, best of luck to you!
      At least the onions (and Sue!!) like the cold........

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    3. Checked my replanted beans (yellow and green) tonight and not one is showing yet. But supposedly the germination time on beans is 6 to 10 days so I still have a few more days before I throw in the towel.

      Don't tell anyone, but I love this cooler summer weather, too. Hot, humid weather makes me move like molasses in January.

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    1. Absolutely nuthin' special about it, Stephanie. Feel free to copy it!

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  9. It might be slow but I think it looks great. I can tell you're working hard on them. I still think this year will be remembered as one of the goofiest in gardening!

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    1. I thought we had the goofiest year LAST year! And the year before that. What's goin' on here, folks?

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  10. It looks wonderful (& neat). Love the layout.

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  11. I am just going to give up my garden/homestead and move up to your place. Can I put my tent in your yard? Such a lovely layout - so orderly and wonderful. Sigh.

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    1. Any time, Susan, any time. Be sure to bring the fencing for your aminals (as a small person in my life used to say), too.

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  12. Your gardens are beautiful, there's a big difference in 1 month period on growth. Just wait before you know it, you'll have some really large items to harvest.

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    1. From your mouth to the garden gods' ears! So far, we've had lots of salad greens, Swiss chard, kale, the best spinach we've ever had, scallions and . . . I think that's it.

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  13. I'm green with envy. It's so beautiful and organized, and I love your cabbage moth covers.

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    1. The Weekend Homesteader - Thank you, thank you, thank you! (Sure hope our cabbage moth covers work!)

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  14. I love this post! To see how gorgeous your garden is, is a delight to one's gardening soul, LOL

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    1. Leigh - What a nice thing to say! Thank you so much.

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  15. Bacon grease seasoning green beans? Are you just cooking the beans in bacon grease? Your garden is beautiful--wonderful layout.JoAnn a former Minnesotan

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    1. Anonymous (JoAnn) - Thanks for the nice words.

      Nope, cook the beans in water as you normally would, drain and keep warm. Put a blob of saved bacon grease in the emptied saucepan and saute some chopped onion in it if you wish. Then just before serving, put the beans back in with the bacon grease, stir thoroughly and reheat to serving temp. Mmmmmm!

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  16. Look at all those weed free veggies plots! I would be too ashamed to post pictures of what gardens look like.

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    1. Sparkless - I'm sure there are some weeds in there . . . they just don't show up in the pics!

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  17. Thanks sounds good,I'll have to try that when we get beans.

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