Wednesday, August 17, 2016
What's Happening in the Garden?
Well, for one thing, we have one broccoli head forming on our late planted broccoli. This head is about 4" across right now. So why is it that this one plant looks like this . . . and none of the other (same aged) plants have even started forming heads yet? 'Tis a mystery.
Blueberries and beans are the main crops coming in right now. To date we've harvested a total of 40-1/2 pounds of blueberries. Considering last year all we got was about 2 quarts, I'd say this is a better year. A way better year. And there are LOTS more still to ripen.
My bean row has gone all flopsy-mopsy on me. I think the hot weather has made them grow so tall and lush that they can no longer stand upright as respectable bush bean plants should do. No harm done, but it does make for harder picking when it comes time to harvest.
This is my fall planted bed of shell peas. Coming along nicely . . . but quite a long way from harvest, wouldn't you say? Those are giant snapdragons in the center that I didn't have the heart to yoink out when I cleaned up the rest of the bed so I could plant the peas.
Wowzer, will ya look at this apple? It's one of quite a few on our new, intensively planted dwarf trees. It's pretty close to full-size already. Gads, could it be we might get a decent harvest of eating apples, like matured with flavor and everything, this fall?
This one of the little pie pumpkins.
And here are a couple of the big, jack o' lantern pumpkins. A fur piece from full-size (about bigger than a basketball right now) and orange in color, but they've got time yet.
We had a bear prowling around last night. He first tested the heavy plywood top of the box we keep our recycling materials in (tooth marks on the edge), then he opened it and checked out what was inside. We keep all the cans, bottles, plastics, etc. well rinsed out precisely so the aroma doesn't attract bears. He chomped on a couple of the plastic jugs and then apparently went looking elsewhere for something tastier. Considering the extensive damage bears can do, we were very glad we had no real damage. Makes us glad the birds (and honey bee hives!) are inside enclosures behind electric fencing at night!