We were blessed with several inches of rain over the past few weeks, which, combined with pockets of intense heat and humidity, has contributed to amazing garden growth! As I walk around the garden, I feel so much appreciation for the miracle of plant life that sustains us and brings so much joy and beauty into my life.
Mornings have taken on the same routine as last summer: Morning chai tea (this brand is my favorite), breakfast, and then a garden walk with the kids. This is honestly one of my favorite times of the day. I love that as we walk the garden paths, Everett, age 3.5 pauses to say, “Look mama, a native bee on the cucumber flower!” or that Ella, age 6.5 knows how to hand-pollinate squash. It makes my heart burst with mama pride.
(These trellises are made out of cattle panel and are a super-simple way to train tomatoes or cukes skyward. I wrote about these and other trellising systems here.)
The upper garden, my experiment in tilling, is doing quite well. Above is a photo from mid June, followed by one taken this morning:
The winter squash and corn in the foreground of the photo are not as dark green and robust as I would like them to be, but all in all, plants are growing! We’ve even harvested our first okra!
I was surprised to see squash bug nymphs already present on some winter squash leaves. I squish them by hand and hand pick adults and eggs as I come across them.
Down in the lower garden, this volunteer winter squash is the most vigorous squash I’ve ever had in my garden. I’m guessing by its fruit (and what I know was in my compost pile) that it will be a spaghetti squash (or at least part spaghetti squash!).
The photo above is from last year, in late July. Not too shabby for a first year garden, but now look below at a photo taken this morning…
The garden is a veritable tangle of lush green growth!
What is happening in your garden right now? Please share in the comments!