Thursday, April 30, 2015

GARDEN UPDATE! - Photolog of the jungle

by Robin

I think there are about 36 photos from today's walk round the garden.  So many pretty things to photograph.  Every day, it keeps me busy with picking, pollinating, tying up, fertilizing and weeding.
I did not plant this sunflower.  I wanted sunflowers but never got around to buying new seeds.  A squirrel got in my plastic container and enjoyed the saved seeds.  I guess while he was out there, he pooped out a lot of seeds and now I have sunflowers in random places.  God works miracles.

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Garden 2:  Tomatoes, okra, dill, cabbage, kale, beans (in back)
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My tomatoes are over my head.
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The cucumbers have left the fence and started attaching themselves to the screen.  This is a first.
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Sweet bell peppers between the Roma tomatoes and cucumbers.  They're blooming.
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I held my camera over my head and just took a random shot from above.  Believe it or not, it isn't that chaotic.  Just healthy & happy.
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Same garden, other side.
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Again, other side of Garden 2, near the front.  Black beans, kale and okra. (weeds too)
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Cukes, pepper, tomatoes
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Garden 1.  Broccoli gone to flowering, sunflower, zucchini, squash, pineapple, cherry tomatoes.
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Front side of Garden 1.  You can see the climbing Mayflower beans (for drying).
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Better shot?  I love a manicured lawn.
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The bumpier the Mayflower bean, the better.  Labor intensive while shelling but worth it.
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Okra.  Have harvested about a dozen so far and eating them as quick as I can harvest them.  I wanted more plants but it just didn't work out. 4 is good enough, I suppose.
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My heart is happy.
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Purple cabbage still going strong.
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Okra bloom. Gorgeous. Part of the hibiscus family.
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My first sweet bell pepper looks to be like a white one!!  Cool.
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Campari tomatoes.  These are very tasty and stay on the smaller side.  Great for salads and making sundried tomatoes.

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Ahhh, I digress.  My next sunflower about to open.
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Back to tomatoes.  Cherry tomatoes are everywhere.  I even have some in the side lot from where the chickens replanted.
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Cucumbers!  Record-breaking year and still going.  76 and counting.  I'm about to pick another batch over the weekend.
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Big Mama paste tomatoes.  Like a Roma.  Gonna make sauce with these.

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I think these are Compari again.
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I have 6 female blooms on the window.  I will enjoy getting to watch them grow and see if they can hold up that weight with those tentacles.
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Dill is going to bloom.  Gorgeous.  I plan on saving some of this seed.  I don't think I'm going to use the heads the next time I make dill pickles.  I did use the fern part though last week.
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Green cabbage... needs rescuing from something.  Looks like it is eaten up by aphids too.
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Big tomatoes, dill, okra, beans, dill.
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Ok, changing gears here.  A few days ago, my hen laid a shell-less egg.  Very cool.  Soft, spongy, dry to the touch, but completely without shell and had an umbilical cord attached.  Another first.
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Ok, but she's fine.  she laid this one today.  And you can see, we got our first blue egg two days ago. :)
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It was Julia!  Congratulations honey. Caught her in the box laying a 2nd one today.
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Still waiting on her sister Margaret (or Louisa, haven't decided yet) to lay her first one.
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Seeking shade.  It was cool this morning but now it is HOT.
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So hot that Harris has decided to sunbath.  Totally chilled out.
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Her eyes were shut but then... she heard something.
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Good feeling.... gone.  Wretched dogs.
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Have a very blessed week.  Kids are heading into finals.  Many prayers are going up for them.


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