Finally a Summer 2013 Garden Tour

There are quite a few activities that have distracted me from my garden as of late.  There was the trip to Ohio for astronomy-awesomeness, a trip to my parents’ house where it rained for almost a week straight (but not on the Fourth of July when we watched fireworks from a motor boat on the lake!), and a slight sorbetto addiction that brings my count of me-made shirts up to eight (four of which can be found here and here).  Unfortunately, this time of great distraction coincided with the adoption of a new garden plot that is still, even more unfortunately, almost half weeds.  I’m trying not to be too hard on myself, after all it did take a full month to get the main garden weeded and prepared  and that was with the added bonus of my parents’ help in the crucial beginning stages when one is tempted to just give up.  In lieu of physical gardening backup, I’ve been relying on psychological gardening backup by planting some of my favorite plants in the new unfinished garden: melons, a large bush bean patch, tomatillos, and sunflowers.

Now, on to the tour!  We will start with the main human-proof garden where I planted all the things that humans might be tempted to snatch (unfortunately this is an actual problem):

  • Cherry tomatoes (8 plants)
  • Sweet red pimiento peppers (9 plants)
  • Green poblano peppers (7 plants)
  • Tomatillos (five one plant that consistently looks like it’s on the brink of death)
  • Yellow, green, and purple bush beans
  • Green pole beans
  • Corn
  • Delicata winter squash (2 plants)
  • Small cooking pumpkin (2 plants)
  • Summer squash (only 1 plant now)
  • Pickling cucumber (3 plants)
  • Mixed color carrots (I grew one in the spring that was a foot long!)
  • Parsley (suffering from yellowed leaves)
  • Basil

Next is the lemon tree area, which is undergoing major renovations to become an herb and flower garden after I had a buttercup squash stolen one day.  There are no pictures of this area because it mostly just looks like dirt with the occasional volunteer nasturtium.

Finally we have the new garden that is still half weeds (shield your eyes!  Just kidding, I won’t show you any depressing pictures of this area).  It is only marginally safe from animals of any kind.  The main difficulty will be planting things in it that don’t attract too much human interest, so I’m thinking kale, swiss chard, arugula, other green leafy things, fava beans (because no one ever seems to know what they are), flowers, herbs, and potatoes.  Currently I’m going out on a limb with more delicious and tempting varieties:

  • Musk melon (3 plants)
  • Yellow bush beans
  • Tomatillos
  • Swiss chard
  • Dill
  • Mini-leaf basil
  • Sunflowers with edible seeds

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