Saturday, July 4, 2009

First of the month pictures!

June
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July - all the lettuce has been pulled now and the onions have started to flop over. You can really see the tomatoes in the back which are quickly becoming monsters! Nothing red yet, just lots of little green orbs teasing us. I'm loving the bright spots of orange the marigolds and nasturtiums are providing us. =)
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June
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July - You can see the broccoli is gone now (the big bluish leafed plants on the back right) and the green beans have shot up the trellis. We don't have any of those ripe yet but very soon, they've made little squiggles and will look more like a real bean in the next few weeks. The potato vines have gotten huge and the lettuce has all been picked from this bed now too (pulled the last head today). Basil and various pepper plants in the front. Hope they get big, big, big by next month's portrait.
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June
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July - Not the best picture ever (bad lighting - sorry!) but the parsley has taken over and crowded out the Walla Walla onions. I'll have to be sure to not plant that in this bed next year. I think just flowers? I also lost an asparagus or two in this mini-heat wave we've been having. I'll have to be sure to replace those next year. I did an extra deep watering today so I hope that helps the rest of them.
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June
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This was just about a week later when the flowers were in bloom
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July - the day lilies are done and now the daliahs are just about to bloom, they're coming up behind the pots.
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June
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July - All the peas are done now and the vines pulled, I started to trellis the pickle plants now so the cucs aren't laying on the ground. I should've taken a picture just before I pulled them - they completely engulfed the fence. I also yanked out the icicle radishes I'd left in there as a companion plant. They'd all flowered and were enormous - the size of my forearm! I just can't believe how big the corn is now too. (That's a 6' high fence it's standing in front of) I guess when you see it every day you don't realize how big it's gotten in a month's time. Yesterday I noticed the corn is tasseling so I hope we get a bunch of yummy ears by next month. Those big leaves dead center are the yellow crook neck squash which is having fungal issues - bah. All the squash are rotting from the end of the blossom. I should do something about that but I haven't gotten around to it yet with all the company.
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June
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July - The blueberries are just about ripe for picking. I know this because we literally had a flock of bluejays parked in the bed watching the berries just waiting for them to turn dark. When the jays weren't loitering we had squirrels lined up on the fence staring down at the bushes waiting on the same thing. Good thing my kid likes to scream and scare them off - she was loving it (me? not so much) so I put the netting over the bushes. We don't have the jays anymore but the squirrels still try to sneak in under the wire. If they're that ambitious I say let em have one or two.
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Compost for my compost fiends out there... the bin on the left holds all the spent shelling pea vines where we're collecting browns and greens. On the right composting compost... Sunflower coming up in the black pot to the left along with some black eyed susan vines. (not pictured: my morning glory vines are finally going to put out a few blooms soon too - I'm very happy to see this happen! I'll post some pictures of them when they do)
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The last of the peas!
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3 comments:

Rosey Pollen said...

I thought that was too funny, about your kid screaming and scaring off bluejays.:) My kids tend to be on the loud side so I never worry about bears when we hike.
I like the picture of peas in the colander, very nice. I am hoping to harvest mine sometime soon!
Rosey

Toni said...

Love the before and after pics! Wonderful!

Annie's Granny said...

Isn't it fun to compare photos from month to month! We have a pumpkin that amazes us, but I have to photo it every two days or so, it grows so quickly. I don't think my morning glories are ever going to bloom! They sure do wilt down in this 100-plus heat. I don't think they like being grown in a container.