The Garden Changes

We have been very grateful for the bounty of our garden!

Over the course of the month since we last met, we have given away cucumbers, yellow zucchihi, green zucchini, grape tomaotes, cherry tomatoes, mint, pickling cucumbers, oregano, and one green pepper.

The string beans did not grow.  And the eggplants are not flourishing as well as we had hoped.  Sometimes plants do not grow.  When we try a new plant, like string beans, it is like a science experiment.  We follow the directions but the experiment fails.  That is life of a gardener.  If Dave decides to plant string beans again next year, he may plant them in a different location so the vegetable can soak up more sunlight or less sunlight.  We just have to plant and watch which vegetables do and do not grow.  And next we decide how to plan the layout of the garden differently to give the herbs and vegetables  the best possible chance to thrive.

Also, as summer begins to end, so does the daylight.  Which means the plants have less sunlight.  And to a plant, sunlight is like food.  So when you look at the pictures for August, see if you can notice the difference one month of less sunlight makes on our community garden.

So stay tuned for September, when the garden changes yet again!

See you in September!


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    Pat said,

    Your garden has born good fruit! It’s been a hot, hot summer so some crops just don’t tolerate the dry heat as well as others. Then there’s the squash, cucumbers, and zucchini which seem to grow in great abundance no matter what the weather… Chris had great luck with peas & beans this year despite their being away the entire month of June. We got (and gave away) both kinds of peas and lots of French green beans. They planted a 2nd crop of beans and will probably put in more peas within the next week or so if it stays cool enough. Peas are early/late crops and oh, so tasty fresh from the garden. No tomatoes here – the fungus/mold disease is hitting the area. It is said that it takes several years for that disease to disappear. Bummer! Fresh spuds and fresh tomatoes are the BEST!

    Happy gardening, writing, photographing and more. 😀

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      Vikki Bakus said,

      There’s a lot of loving that goes into a garden! I remember when you and Frank went to Chris’s to water their garden. Glad to hear about your fruitful bounty. Strange how we had no beans and you had no tomatoes.

      Luckily, none of us had a groundhog this year.

      I’m cooking up some yellow squash from the garden for dinner tonight. Little lemon, oregano and olive oil makes for a good side veggie.

      I saw about ten cardinals today, so I knew we’d be in communicado today.

      Thanks, Pat, for replying and sharing life in Chris’s garden. The more we learn the better we become.

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