The garden is becoming a little more fun now! Every time I look at my bamboo tepee, every day seeing less and less bamboo and more and more beans, I feel a sense of accomplishment. Drew especially is proud since he helped me build it and planted the seeds.
(Last night he picked one of the first pole beans produced and went to talk to the chickens. I guess he got a little too close to the chickens and one plucked it from his hand. He was so upset! He said his favorite chicken was the one who did it, though, so that made it better.)
Drew is very proud of the watermelons. Here he is teaching Alyssa how to “knock” on them. He told me yesterday how impressed he was that these watermelons grow noticeably bigger each day. Right now we have three large ones and some others a little smaller. I’m hoping I can get the kids to like watermelons this year or else I’ll be having a lot of watermelon to eat…wait, maybe that’s not so bad!
Drew is pointing out another cucumber here. These cucumbers have produced amazingly well. I’ve already made 5 batches of pickled cucumbers. I’ve tried two recipes so far and I’ve decided I need a good relish recipe. We love the cucumber slices but I’m pretty sure we’ll tire of the pickled cucumbers soon.
My June-bearing blueberries are still ripening, though there aren’t many left. I’m hoping to make my first batch of blueberry muffins soon. Being the first year – and considering that more blueberries get eaten off the bush than get saved – I’m happy with the crop.
The only problem is that since the squash vine borer and squash bugs proved too much for my blossoming pumpkin plants and they have dwindled to almost nothing, the squash bugs have set their eye on my beautiful squash vines now. I am sure I crushed about 20 sets of eggs last night. Hopefully I can keep them under control.
Finally, Drew absolutely loves digging potatoes, and we got quite a few, though not as many as I would have liked. This is probably about half of what we have already dug up and I have a few plants to go.
The next order of business is my fall garden. Matt will be tilling me another plot and I got a soil test for that one coming soon.