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Monday PhotoEssay – September 15th

Long time, no blogging! I spent 10 days visiting family at the beginning of September, and then last week was busy with catching up. I really intended to get a blog post up last week, but…well, good intentions were only that!

Anyway, a lot has happened in the garden since then! Let’s take a look!

Clearly the biggest change is the removal of the trellis at the end of the close bed. The pumpkins and melons were done and have been replaced with some fall greens. There are lots of other places where we had open spots that have been planted to fall vegetables as well.

We needed to put a couple more clamps on the drip lines in the strawberry and peanut bed last week, which meant disturbing some of the plants. Do you see the peanut that got pulled up in the process? It is right in the middle of the drip line. It is good to know that there actually are peanuts growing under there!

The African Blue Basil is just swarming with bees, so a picture doesn’t really do it justice. I did catch this semi-closeup of a bigger bumblebee. Can you see any other bees in this picture? I think I might see three, but it is hard to tell.

The Mexican Blue Sage has started blooming in the last few weeks. It is also difficult to do justice in a picture. The plant is huge, and the flower spikes are a great shade of purple. You should come see it in real life!

Our Fall Italian garden looks pretty sad at the moment. There really are quite a few things growing, but they are still really small. We have onions, fennel, kale, and chicory growing. We ended up putting a little straw over the soil where we planted the fennel, and that seems to have helped bolster germination quite a bit.

In contrast, the radicchio that we started indoors and transplanted in early August is looking pretty good! It hasn’t started turning red yet, since we’ve only had one night of colder temperatures, but the plants are looking great otherwise. This is a good example of the benefit of starting some things inside even during the summer, because it is so hard to get seeds going when it is still hot outside during the day. If we had started lettuce seedlings in July, we could be starting to harvest lettuce right now!

Have a great week! If all goes well, I’ll see you again on Friday if not sooner!

Friday PhotoEssay

Whew! It has been hot this week! Of course, the vines are still growing fast. I’m beginning to wonder if our poor, late planted, stunted tomato plants are going to do anything at all this year. I’m not overly optimistic. At least we have the hanging basket tomatoes!

The ornamental millet in the Prairie Star Annual trial is growing almost as fast as our vine crops, as well as turning that delightful color of purple.

This is a close up of the ripe ‘Gold Rambling Stripe’ cherry tomato that we picked off one of the hanging baskets earlier this week. It’s pretty big for a cherry tomato, which is nice if you are growing them because of lack of space, rather than as a novelty.

The runner beans are still fighting the herbicide injury. Most of them are probably going to die in the heat over the next couple weeks. They have almost no roots on them. Some of the other beans are looking a little better, but I’m not overly hopeful of their productivity this year.

When I was out taking pictures of the vine plants this week, I happened to get a couple pictures of this hard at work bee. He was flying back and forth on the melon flowers quite happily, and picking up quite a bit of pollen from the looks of it!

The leaves on this Fairy Squash are so artistic that I had to have some fun with the photo editing software through Flickr!

A simple “vivid” color enhancement.

Going darker…

And another look. It’s so fun how the different edits show the veins in the leaves differently!

Have a great weekend!