July 9, 2014
There is SOOOOOO much going on in the garden these days!
Hard to tell much from afar, except that there is a lot more green going on 🙂
I’ll start from closest and work my way back…
The potato plants are starting to die back. The purple potatoes were planted later so they are still green. We are harvesting whenever we need them instead of all at once.
Tomatoes are getting bigger and bigger. I can’t wait until they start ripening! We have a ton of baby bell peppers — just waiting for them to grow and turn pretty yellows and reds! The watermelon plant has sprawled as of late.
And we have baby yellow squash 🙂 No zucchini yet…
The pole beans continue to climb the corn stalks.Most of the squash plants I planted in the corn patch have succumbed to squash bugs.(another one bites the dust 😦 )
One has rebounded, however — butternut squash! 🙂
As for the corn, it has GROWN (my mom is 5’10”) and put out tassels…Corn is in our near(ish) future!Moving along to the original SWEET POTATO PATCH (there are 2.5 more now because of all the slips produced)…It is starting to fill out. The sections next to the beans are bare — the beans seem to be hogging all of the moisture. The other patches are doing GREAT! One is in a raised bed and the other is where the peas were ripped out. Alas, no pictures…
Next up, SUNFLOWERS! (taller than the corn!) The blueberries are doing well…still getting 8 quarts/day. While picking, however, we have seen some bugs trying to defoliate the bushes completely. We have found them on a handful of bushes. We just pluck the leaf off or cut the branch. They are yummy treats for the chickens 🙂 A couple of bushes were almost completely decimated but hopefully they’ll make a comeback.
Moving along to the OVERFLOW GARDEN:
The spaghetti squash is producing like gangbusters!(the one in the forefront is turning color but there are more in the back — they’re everywhere!)
Here is a pic of the first chicks hatched on our homestead (not ordered). They are in the tunnel. One is a hen and one a rooster. The rooster (Whitey) crowed for the first time yesterday! They are inseparable.
We have just started letting the newest chick and mama hen free range (supervised) in the evenings. The mama seems to be a good mama – very protective of the chick, as you can see…
I am linking up with Green Thumb Thursdays today. Check out what’s going on at others’ homesteads 🙂