I finally got some good weeding and pruning done in the garden this weekend. And my sweet hubby after working 50+ hours this week, came home and helped me put up a fence to keep the dog-monster out and made me a compost bin!
Don’t be fooled by this sweet face. EVERY time a tomato starts to turn a little orange, and shows hints of readiness to be devoured, I come back to check on it the next day and it’s gone. He’s also eating nectarines off the tree, plums from the neighbors tree, zucchini and yellow squash off the vine and who knows what else. I’ve had to make emergency trips to Home Depot to rent a carpet shampooer TWICE this week because his poor stomach can’t handle it!! TMI? sorry about that=). He’s been banished outside until things settle down.
This should help! We may go for something a little easier on the eyes down the road, but for a temporary dog-keeper-outer, it’ll do.
I’ve yet to personally enjoy one of these beauties. I’m trusting Hank that they’re tasty. All I know is we’ve had 1 day with a fence up and I spy a lovely girl turning orange as we speak. A couple more days and I should have my first of the season! And hopefully the first of many. I’ve got big plans for all of the 18 tomato plants produce. Yup…18. I might have gone crazy. It’s because last year with no fence, I got no tomatoes. I’m making up for lost time.
Speaking of over-planting. I may have gone a little crazy with the summer squash plants also.
I can’t help it if ALL the seeds I started survived=)
I’ve already had to pull 5 or so plants that have been over-taken by nasty little squash bugs. I don’t even attempt to keep up with them. It’s a losing battle in my opinion.
The bell peppers got a late start. Some of my seed starts that I thought were pepper plants turned out to be…more tomatoes! So I had to buy some with these cute little peppers already growing.
Cucumbers got a late start also. Lots of flowers, though, so hopefully not too long!
I wasn’t sure my wimpy looking grape vines would do anything this year, but whoa have they surprised me!
These bad boys are close to consumption too.
This picture is a little hard to make out, but it is a sea of raspberries. Probably a row of about 30 feet. I can’t wait. I’m so thankful the previous owners planted all this perennial fruit. I’m like a kid at Christmas at the prospect of all this food in my own backyard. It’s what dreams are made of people.
Ahh, the nectarines. Finally getting some color, they should be coming around soon as well. They are HUGE, and there are a TON of them!
What’s not pictured: The peach tree that we picked already. Amazing, juicy sweet peaches. There were only a handful, it was such a small young tree I had picked most of them off early, but it was such a nice treat. Hubby and I may have eaten them all ourselves. With ice cream. After the kids were in bed. Because we can.
My strawberries were pretty disappointing. The birds and/or dog ate what few we had. My blueberry bushes were pretty much non-producing also. The one bush that was full of berries had the smallest berries imaginable. Too small to really pick. And I think the birds got what little was on the other bushes. I think maybe I was too light on the fertilizer? I’ll try again next year.
Speaking of fertilizer.
This is my favorite for tomatoes. Organic and works amazing. Just picked more up at Home Depot so tomorrow my maters are getting a shot of this.
And I’ll leave you with one last prettied-up picture of my peaches. I had to get a shot before we ate them all!
Things are looking good around here- how is your garden growing?