Sunday, July 25, 2010

in the garden

The veggies have been loving the warmer weather!


My pumpkin seems to be doing the best, of the squash type vegetables...though I haven't seen any actual pumpkins forming yet. I've been training the vines to wrap in a circle, to keep it from over taking the lettuce before it's done. Not sure if that's ok, but I suppose I'll find out. The pitiful melon is growing (top left), though much slower. I seem to have trouble with squash/melon/cucumbers.


For example: my two tiny cucumbers have hardly grown since they sprouted! They keep changing from yellow to crispy. I can't get the watering correct. I finally planted some new seeds & those have sprouted. What did I do wrong with the first ones?? So strange!


But our tomatoes are giving us hope! We were so excited to find several tiny Brandywine tomatoes forming! Can't wait for those...


This is the only tomato plant that I started from seed that has shown any promise. It is still tiny, but is finally growing in its own pot of soil from our compost pile. I think I'll try seeds again next year, but will make sure I grow them in a warmer spot than the garage. Hopefully, I'll have more luck with starting my own tomatoes next year...


Lots of green beans too! Finn loves helping my find the long ones. He even ate some! He's been doing so well with eating all of the vegetables we've grown in our garden. Yay!


And for a touch of color, the dahlias are blooming!


More dahlias. Love them!


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8 comments:

ana @ i made it so said...

your garden is doing well i'd say! cucumbers are tricky, i think i've just gotten really lucky this year (beginner's luck?)...

thanks for the splash of colour there, i love dahlias.

~ ana

zentmrs said...

Your garden is really looking good! I've never tried cucumbers, but keep thinking about it. Maybe next year... Love your dahlias - they are some of my favorite flowers!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Your garden is gorgeous! The cukes need warm temperatures, and plants can turn yellow and purple if it is too cold outside. (By too cold, I mean it needs to be at least 60 degrees at night for the cukes to grow and develop, and that goes for melons as well. If needed,you can cover them with plastic pipe hoops and clear plastic to warm it up at night, then open during the day) Overwatering can sometimes cause yellowed leaves. I found this link from a plant pathologist at North Dakota State University that has some tips for growing cukes:
http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/plantsci/hortcrop/pp656w.htm
Hope this helps a bit!

Sandy said...

Your veggie garden is doing so well.. I'm so envious.. My yard is the pits! I live in hot humid sofla and the soil here is horrible. I have spent much money on new soil, the good stuff and we get so much rain each day, tropical downpours, that the new soil is just washed into the creek.. I have bricks around the garden to prevent this..hopeless! Oh I forgot about the bugs and critters, snails,, the list is endless..
Let me go look at your garden photos and make believe it's mine...
Nice
Sandy
thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

Ott, A. said...

I bet you are getting anxious to harvest some of those vegetables. My tomatoes are about at the same stage as yours and I can't wait till they turn red. Happy gardening!
a Latte with Ott, A

~Holly~ said...

Yah a fellow Oregonian! My cucumbers haven't done well this year also. All my original (from seed) plants died in the horrible rains. I reseeded them and they sprouted but are still tiny. I may have to do without cukes this year. The dahlias are gorgeous!

Tosha said...

I am sorry your cukes aren't doing well, the four plants I had are dead now. I only got one cucumber from them.

My melons look scrawny like yours, but they have at least 2 melons on each!

Jami @An Oregon Cottage said...

It's all a learning curve, Katrina! Each year builds on the next and you'll try different things each time until you find what works. Just focus on your successes (and be glad we don't have to grow all our food for the winter like Ma Ingalls!).

Thanks for sharing!