Garden in full swing

The straw/newspaper combo is very successful so far.   I am pleased. 

Ground stays moist, and zero weeds.

I won’t even mess with landscape fabric next year.

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Weed free with zucchini plants taking over

The cucumbers are climbing and blooming.

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Leftover cattle panel fencing works well!

The roma tomatoes are the only tomatoes with fruit, but all are loaded with blossoms.

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Romas destined to be canned a salsa and sauce

Peppers are starting, my husband has thoughts of canned peppers and sausage stuffed hot peppers.

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Hungarian hot peppers being guarded by Fluffy

The only flop?  Carrots planted by Mike.  Almost none came up.

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One of the lone carrots

The two things I dont know when to harvest -dill and basil.

How.big are they supposed to get?  I want to make pesto and freeze it.

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One of the basil plants. How big do I let it get?

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Dill starting to get flowers.

I love this time of year!

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4 responses

  1. Hi Kate! Great looking garden (and kitty!)
    I usually harvest basil for pesto at end of summer but I steal leaves all summer long whenever I need some. It will start to flower but just pinch off the buds and it will get bushier. And tell Mike, carrots have never worked well 4 me either. Even when they do, they come out looking more like aliens than carrots.

  2. Thanks! I will have Mike on pinching duty. I let him use a flower planter for the carrots because I knew our ground was too rocky, but I think it stayed too dry.

  3. Hello there! I’m looking through your blog, trying to figure out where you live 🙂 Guess I haven’t looked far enough yet. Your garden looks lovely. I was out in our raised beds this morning before church meeting and found two, big, gorgeous yellow flowers on our little cucumber plant. YAY! I’m so excited!
    I usually harvest my basil all summer too, taking the big leaves as they grow and pinching off the starts when it wants to bolt. The essential oils are strongest *right* before it buds out…
    Anywho, looks awesome!
    Andi

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