The garden is still producing

I went out to the garden today, and picked another 15 or so tomatoes. None is much larger than a ping pong ball, but I still have them in several different colors. The grape tomatoes are looking better and getting larger again now that it has cooled off and I have been watering more regularly. The tomatoes in the asparagus…

Continue Reading

Summer is almost over

The season has almost ended, and I’m relieved. Today it’s 90 degrees outside, so I didn’t work as long as I probably should have, but tomorrow it’ll top out at 80 degrees. That’s when I’ll put out the new plants I bought Friday. My friend, Susan, who is a Master Gardner, invited me to go along with her to the…

Continue Reading

The new fence

Today the farm entered the 21st century. We had the front fence, which has been made of wood for as long as I can remember — possibly back as far as 200 years — replaced with a brand new vinyl fence. We kept the old-fashioned four rail look even though the subdivision across the street put in three rail. It…

Continue Reading

Peas, please

I went to Meadow Farms and finally found sugar snap pea seeds! Lowe’s didn’t have them, nor did Target. I also picked up some kale seeds and some snow pea seeds. I’ll plant the snow peas on the other side of the trellis next week — I hope they will grow up okay even with the pole beans already growing…

Continue Reading

Flood damage

I’m tired of gardening!!! It’s been five months of pretty steady labor and heat, and I’m getting tired. I’m so sick of gardening I didn’t even want to pick tomatoes at Del’s on Friday. I’m just sick of it. This has been one of my best gardens ever harvest-wise, but it has also been one of the most challenging with…

Continue Reading

Roses

I got these pictures of some of my roses today. We call this the Fitzhugh rose. It’s a pretty ordinary English rose but has family significance, having been planted within feet of where an ancestor was cuckolded and murdered while his wife rode off with the killer/lover in the 1100s: New Dawn is starting to rebloom: And these are tea…

Continue Reading

And all the boards did shrink

Clearly The Fates are out to get me. It rained for hours and hours last night. The garden is still very soggy from the 24-hour flood I subjected it to Saturday, and the tomato plants were looking pretty rough. Today, after the storm, it was even worse: The plants are shriveling up — probably root rot, coupled with the late…

Continue Reading

My garden column

Jared has been working on putting in water and electricity to the garden for me. It rained heavily yesterday, and so it’s easy to see the fixtures with the form wet. Here are some pictures of the thing he built: It has two potable water spigots, a water fountain, and an electrical outlet. The pvc pipe is the drain for…

Continue Reading

Oops.

We went to a 13-hour movie marathon at the Alamo on Saturday. I went to the garden before we left and watered the carrot sprouts. We enjoyed watching the Lord of the Rings EXTENDED VERSION until about midnight with Sydney and four of her friends. It was so fun! You wouldn’t think that you could hold up for 13 hours…

Continue Reading

The carrots sprouted!

The carrots have sprouted! I am thrilled! I thought maybe I had killed them by neglecting to water them at first. Both the carrot seed tape and the loose carrot seeds sprouted. Hooray! I planted put the first of the fall plants: kohlrabi, radish, onion, leeks, celery, and broccoli. I got some beans and a Cherokee Purple and a Marvel…

Continue Reading

Dry garden

The weather has been so dry lately! The soil in the garden is pulling away from the edges near the cinderblocks. I am trying to get back in the habit of being outside in it every day so that the plants don’t dry up. This oxheart tomato fruit was looking some kind of terrible yesterday. Gah! The skin on the…

Continue Reading