Saturday, August 7, 2010

The August Garden

I snapped a few pictures while I was out watering and harvesting in the garden today.  Everything is overgrown, it is getting difficult to walk between some sections of beds.  I was delighted to find a surprise waiting for me in the cucurbit bed.....

By golly its a MELON!  And just when I had given up all hope.

The Magda squash are finally starting to bloom in plenty, a big one in front with a few newbies in the back there.  I ❤ this variety for stuffing. 
(I should share that recipe.)

This tangled mess of greenery is the result of left-over tomato plants being left sitting in the grass while waiting for an adoptive home to show itself.  Well, one never did, and I didn't have the heart to just throw them away.  That turned out to be a great thing because 2 or 3 out of the 5 seedlings took hold and sent down roots into the earth below.  They are happy and are even putting out ripe fruit!
  (San Marzano and Sungold.)

The first ripe Baby Bell:

Here we have the back right corner of the garden.  Tomato Alley, sweet potatoes, and beans are in the back along the fence.  The straw covered bed used to house onions and kale.  Now there is a succession sowing of beans, some remaining Chard & basil, and newly transplanted strawberries.  The bed in the forefront contains potatoes, herbs, and recently sown peas.  Hubby just finished washing the trucks, look how shiny!  (Mine gets washed about twice a year, sad but true.)

Some overlap in this next photo (the garden is just not that big, lol) - the bed in rear corner has cukes, melons, ground cherries, and more recently sown peas.  At a minimum we can eat the greens, and with any luck there will some pods to harvest before the weather turns too cold.  The two side-by-side beds in the front house the beans & strawberries shown above, and on the right we have garlic chives, onions, basil, and some recently sown carrots (under the burlap), spinach, chard, and lettuce mix.  Oh, and my determinied-to-live-on-tomato plants in the front there.

Peppers, leeks, and merigolds.

The other 2 garden beds not shown are filled with asparagus and bug-foraged kale, chard, and mustard/mesclun mix.  
For the third time I have sowed Claytonia or Miner's Lettuce and had nothing come up. #@%^

And finally, a full garden shot:

A circa 1909 heirloom Dahlia called 'Little Beeswings'.

The humble bumble hard at work:



meemsnyc said...

The little baby bell is so cute!

meemsnyc said...

You were right! Thomas has a lot of great info on how to grow meyer lemons! Thanks so much for leaving the link!

Kelly said...

You are very welcome!

Annie's Granny said...

Such a pretty garden! Do share your stuffed squash recipe, please.

Kelly said...

It is on the dinner menue one night this week, so I will be sure to post about it.

Thomas said...

I feel like it's been a while since you've taken photos of your garden. Everything looks great!

Congrats on the melon. Mine are being devoured by field mice. Next year, I'm growing all of them on trellises.

Ms B. Thrift said...

You have a gorgeous garden, its thriving with delicious foods as usual, Love the Dahlia it's just so pretty with such vivid colours, and clearly the bumblebees are happy so it's all good!!

Erin said...

Everything is so green and lush! I love my mini-bells, great for stuffing and freezing. They look like little meatballs when baked with sauce, not-meat meatballs LOL