Friday, July 23, 2010

How my garden grows…

…first very slowly….and then it takes off and I can’t keep up!! There has been a lot going on at the Keen Homestead…hence not much blogging going on, or gardening either! It’s a good thing the garden can exist on auto pilot for a while! Yesterday morning  picked these. The first of the cucumbers and close to the last of the squash! I have a second planting of squash that I hope will produce before it gets too cool.

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These are my cucumber vines

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The front section is “volunteers” and I thought they were cucs, but turned out they are these gourds! I’ll have a nice little display for fall!

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These “volunteered” too and I’m not sure what they are, but they’ll look good in a basket this fall too!

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Bell and Banana Peppers

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My Veggie Skewer Markers

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My tomatoes are sloooow growing this year. Roma are one of my favorites for sauce and salsa!

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My second planting of blue lake beans!

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The first planting yielded 21 quarts plus 5 meals of fresh beans.

The only fertilizer that I have used is composted manure and manure tea.

Next week I’ll be weeding and covering the “walkways” with cardboard and hay in my efforts to have a mostly weedless garden! :-)

I’ll be sharing my garden at  BT_Button OutdoorWednesdaylogo5544Copy_of_001

Come with me and  see what’s growing!

19 comments:

  1. Your garden is amazing!
    I have questions!
    Do you start everything from seed?
    When you do a second planting, do you do the second one from seed also?

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  2. Sharon, what a wonderful and just awesome garden! You must be a master gardener from the looks of everything!

    We have traveled to the North Ga. mountain area, what awesome place to live!

    Nancy

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  3. Your garden is looking so good and those gourds will look great in a basket!!!
    My tomatoes are slow going this year as well. Nights too cool!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  4. Your garden is gorgeous! You're inspiring me to get out there tomorrow morning (ow, pain, MORNING) to work on my own garden projects.

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  5. Love, love the fresh veggies!!

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  6. How wonderful. Everything is so beautiful and healthy. Compost and compost tea are really the only way to go. My Mom and I started doing that about four years ago and we also use fish emulsion once in a while.

    Enjoy the abundance of your garden!
    Susan

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  7. Sharon,
    I am coming to dinner...those veggies look fantastic!! You also know I am a pathetic gardener luckily my husband will grow it if I harvest, can or freeze it. So that works!
    Enjoy your day!
    Barb

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  8. Sharon, my garden has not done well at all. I don't know what I did wrong this year. I've got one good cucumber plant that is JUST now starting to have cucumbers on it. I planted it the first week in May. It's been really weird. My tomatoes were doing good until I fed them a 2nd time at someone's suggestion. Seven plants have just dried up... as well as a couple of cucumber and squash. It's obvious that I don't know a thing about gardening. Hopefully I'll have a few tomatoes and a few cucumbers this year. Maybe I'll be lucky and have some squash. Don't know what I'm doing wrong in this lasagna bed. I followed the instructions. Didn't know it could go wrong. I guess we'll see what happens in the fall when I want to plant lettuce!

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  10. You have a beautiful garden! I'm jealous of all of your wonderful harvest! We're just starting to warm up here in the Pacific Northwest. Ours will be coming soon too!

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  11. What a beautiful garden. I wish mine was that big. It looks like you'll be harvesting for weeks to come!

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  12. Your veggie garden is looking good. Are those stakes in the Cuke bed? I'm trying to figure out the best way to grow them, mine are on a trellis. :)

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  13. What a great veggie garden! I have been so hungry for some fresh-from-the-garden vegetables. I only have flowers, so I will have to find a Farmer's market to get some.

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  14. YOur garden looks great, my tomatoes are slow this year too! I have a split cabbage I have to get to, due to over 3 inches of rain last night!

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  15. Your veggies look wonderful! What fun to have volunteer gourds. I would love that! Happy Bloomin' Tuesday! Jean

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  16. Yoru veggies look awesome and I LOVE your markers! Paula in Idaho

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  17. you seem to have the touch with the veggies!!! fantastic flaunt this week! thanks for linking in!

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  18. Your garden is wonderful. I love the way you mulch your garden with compost manure and a manure tea. I love your squash and peppers. They are really growing well. All of your volunteers are also doing well. I hope that you now know what your volunteers are.

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  19. I love you site--found it on Facebook and wanted to know how you started your Lasagna garden. I found out about this method AFTER garbage collection. I like the way you use whatever you have. I think I can do this too. Your vegetable garden is inspiring! csyama

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