State of the Garden

I realize that it’s been a while since I’ve posted in the garden photos! I think we just surfaced from the plum/nectarine/peach madness only to find that our counter is starting to be covered now in tomatoes and melons. Anyway, come with me for a little walk. To get to the veggie garden you have to cross the lawn and go through this arbor. Notice the touch of white sky? This summer has been so cool and foggy, which I adore!
As you can see the middle of the garden, behind that wheelbarrow is melon/squash madness. The melons are all in our straw bale raised bed and the squash are in the raised bed right in front of that. So far we’ve picked five cantelopes (Scott just walked inside with two more in his hands as I was typing this saying there were three more that were ready right behind those two!)
This tomato spot is at the very back of the garden. We only planned on planting four tomato plants this year, but you know how that goes…you plant a few more seeds than you need just in case and then you can’t just throw those out. So we found space when we moved the compost piles. We didn’t hold out much hope for this forgotten about section of the yard because it doesn’t receive much sunlight, however the tomatoes obviously don’t mind. They are as healthy as ever, probably from the years of compost that they are planted in.
Since we are at the back of the garden I thought I’d indulge you in one of the last oak leaf hydrangea blossoms left. Aren’t they spectacular? I just love oak leaf hydrangeas and the three that we planted are as happy as can be. I have in my mind’s eye an entire woodland garden planned under our cedar trees, but for now, while I’ve been busy growing and raising little children, those plans stay in my head.
Our 6 year old son was in charge of the sunflowers this year and wouldn’t you know, he grew his flowers twice as tall as we’ve ever been able to grow ours. These tower above the roof line. He’s also resurrected a thought to be dead gardenia and it’s now flowering…green thumb that kid has!
This is the first year our prune tree has had much of a harvest. Why do those leaves always look so yellow so early in summer? Any experienced prune growers out there?
This is all we’ve been able to see of our banana squashes, they are so buried in vines. However, they look enormous. I think the suggestion that they could grow to 4 feet long might not be so ridiculous afterall! And I might add that these are growing on the complete opposite side of the squash bed than where the plant stems from. Super long vines!
The Ali Babas…they are almost ready. I can’t wait!
And the corn, that’s getting close too.

Thanks for taking a little tour with me. I hope you are having a great weekend!


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11 responses to “State of the Garden

  1. I’ve never had banana squash before. What does it taste like? Is it like a butternut?

    • asonomagarden

      We don’t know what banana squash tastes like either, but we’ve heard it’s similar to butternut. We’ll let you know soon!

  2. What do you feed your prune? Maybe it needs a little nutrition break.

  3. It really looks lovely. So much growing!

  4. We have a good-sized garden and have lived in the South (NC) for almost three year’s now. This year, I am scared to go into the garden; my husband let the weeds take over and the last time I tried to pull them up with the kids we found FIVE black widow spiders. Does anyone else find these spiders in their gardens? If so, what helps (besides getting rid of the weeds?)

  5. looks great – I have total garden envy after taking that journey with you 😉 Can’t wai to come over and see it in person.

  6. I’ve adored the cool and foggy summer too. I couldn’t be happier and am glad to know I’m not alone. Everyone I know is longing for sun and heat. The garden is gorgeous. Those morning glories and the sunflower! Thank you.

  7. shi

    i love your blog 🙂
    kisses from brasil :-***

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  9. Great information here… I grow Roma tomatoes for bruschetta, spaghetti sauce, and salsas

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