The garden is doing great! It’s a lot of work but don’t feel bad for me. I love every minute of it and it doesn’t bother me at all that it’s cutting into my sewing time. It’s a few months out of the year and the yield is so worth the effort.
As I walk through the back gate, this is what I see. To the left are a couple of rows of zipper cream peas. At the far end of those two rows are cucumbers. The next two rows are purple hull peas. The next two . . really about 1-3/4 rows . . are green beans. Going over to the right from there are the rest of the green bean row and one more in okra, then a row of squash, then the planting gets kinda wonky. The garden isn’t a perfect rectangle and because we had to leave room for “watering central”, there’s kind of a hodgepodge of rows. But, over to the right side, there are beets, a row of bolita bean, onions, peppers (pimento, ancho, poblano, bell, jalapeno, Tabasco), tomatoes (cherry, celebrity, rutgers, roma, and I can’t remember what else), potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, tomatillos, more squash, basil, sweet potatoes, fennel, cilantro, cantaloupe, watermelons and probably other things I’m forgetting! About every third day I’m picking green beans . . not enough to do any canning yet but enough for dinner.
To the right is a shot of “watering central” as we call it. Water hoses going off every direction. Except for a couple of small areas, it’s all set up on soaker hoses so watering doesn’t take as long as it had been taking. Most of my time in the garden now is weeding, checking for bugs and trying to keep the watermelons and cantaloupes headed in the right direction. I don’t want them running outside the fence and then wild critters getting all the fruit.
Besides the gorgeous blue sky, in the photo to the left you can see the asparagus and strawberry beds in the “West Annex”. We’re going to add the “North Annex” for blueberries and raspberries. The grapes are going in an area closer to the house. We’ve done a heck of a lot of planting around here in less six months!
To the right are pimento peppers. I’m thinking of stuffing some of these this week and seeing what they taste like. I planted six of them and they’re loaded! I was thinking pimento & cheese when I planted them but I think I need to find another use for them. Otherwise, we’ll be eating a whole lot of pimento & cheese around here.
I had just re-tied these before taking the picture so they’re a little “stemmy” looking but these are the tomatillos and they’re loaded too. I may pick a few of those tonight and may make either Tomatillo Stew or these Chicken Enchiladas.
We’ve been picking a few cherry tomatoes every day but haven’t gotten any full size ones yet. Bottom left is a full size tomato that’s getting ripe.
That’s about it for this garden update but there will be more . . coming soon I hope.
I’m so thankful that we have a good (so far) well and we’re able to water and keep our plants, fruit trees, shrubs, chickens and humans alive! It hasn’t rained here since the weekend my car got the hail damage (May 5). There was a chance of rain this afternoon but I see that’s gone from the forecast. We have a small chance of rain towards the end of this week and a better chance next week. Keep your fingers crossed for us please!