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Saturday, June 20, 2009
Saturday Veggie Garden Update
It's been sweltering hot outdoors these past few weeks. Not good conditions for a vegetable garden.
So today with my best three-year-old helper at hand we got an early morning start. Even so, we were hot and sweaty in no time. I knew you wanted to know that little bit of trivia.
We adjusted one of his Papa's hat for the little one to help keep the sun rays out of his face. He's an eager gardener... always ready to help. His very own tomato plant has yielded some juicy 'morning sun' heirloom yellow tomatoes.
He gets so excited about them he just eats them right there in the garden as fast as he plucks them off the vine.
I prefer the taste of the 'black cherry' grape tomatoes. I've mentioned here before that even though none were officially planted in spring several came up on their own. If only tomato plants lasted as well and as easily as they get started. Notes for the veggie garden journal: must figure that one out.
Cubanelle peppers are thriving but the squash and zucchini are long gone. The succession green beans are giving us enough to add to a meal but not enough to give extras away.
We pulled up most of the remaining carrots today. I've only left them in the ground in an attempt to prolong the use of them. I planted lots more this season than last but honestly they aren't as sweet now that it has turned so hot. No matter. My little guy has so much fun pulling them up it is worth leaving a few a little longer just to share the utter joy with him another time.
After we watered and picked tomatoes and pulled carrots we noticed some very healthy pole beans hanging on the vines. The vines of those beans are not at all attractive at this point.
My little fellow went right to work pulling those, too. Then it was around to the back yard where we do have some squash and okra planted among the flowers just for fun . It was all about watering dry and thirsty plants today, a little baseball and of course cooling off with a swim. Afterall, it isn't just about the work on Saturday morning.
Overall the vegetable garden isn't looking anything like it was in its prime a month ago. But amazingly it keeps giving us some produce. As long as it keeps making efforts we will keep nurturing it.
For more blogs with vegetable garden updates go have a look at Tina and Skeeter's blog.
It was about time I joined in for their monthly garden review... but this very well could be my last entry since my vegetable garden is rapidly declining.