Saturday Garden Update

Bonus post!!

I hope everyone is thoroughly enjoying their weekends!!  I realized this morning that I hadn’t updated anyone on the garden in ages, so I thought I’d throw an update in this weekend.  Some things are just now taking off, and some are on their last leg.  I’ll keep this post light on words and heavy on pictures.

Basil | Oysters & Pearls

Our basil was doing SO well… until an army of black caterpillars did some SERIOUS damage.  We’ve started putting Sevin Dust on them like we’ve had to do to the tomatoes, but it just washes off with every rain (which is practically all day every day these days).  I’d love to have an organic garden, but I don’t want to grow it just to feed these dern caterpillars!  Any suggestions??

Key Lime Seedling | Oysters & Pearls

Remember when I made key lime pie?  Well, I saved a few seeds, and I managed to get one started into a seedling!  I’m hoping that in approximately one jillion years I will be eating key limes from it.

And speaking of citrus trees…

Meyer Lemon Tree | Oysters & Pearls

Our Meyer lemon tree is growing like crazy!  It was just twigs when we planted it… and for a long time after that.  We actually planted two, and one didn’t make it.  They were coming up around my grandparents’ lemon tree, and that makes having one pretty special.  Plus, they are the BEST lemons.  They are really sweet and the size of a softball.  Amazing.

Garlic Bed | Oysters & Pearls

Also a new feature: a very tiny (for now) garlic bed.  I can now call myself a self-respecting woman.  We planted some that Wheat’s aunt gave me when she gave me some cucumbers for pickling, plus a couple other cloves that had sprouted in the fruit bowl.

Bell Peppers | Oysters & Pearls

Our bell pepper plants haven’t ever really gotten very large, but they are slowly but surely growing some peppers!  As you can see, the caterpillars have done a number on these, too.  Help!

Pickling Cucumber | Oysters & Pearls

We still have a few cucumbers trickling in, but we have pulled all but a couple vines up at this point.  They are drowning in the rain!

Cucumbers | Oysters & Pearls

Not so pretty anymore – but I hate to pull the last of them up if I can get a few more cukes out of them!

Okra | Oysters & Pearls

Our okra is really taking off these days.  The plants are getting bigger and stronger, and are starting to make more okra!  Overall, though, it’s pretty laughable.  We’ve gotten 2 okra pods off these plants so far… but we’ll see.  They ought to produce all summer long, if we’ll ever get some sunshine!

Plotting Their Escape | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Wallace, planning their escape perhaps.

Now, on to what we have had the most success with: TOMATOES!

Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine | Oysters & Pearls

We have eaten a ripe cherry tomato here and there, and they are so good!

As for the other varieties we planted (beefsteak, Cherokee purple, and Roma) we have only gotten one tiny ripe beefsteak.  I have high hopes for them all, if it will just. quit. raining!

Roma Tomatoes | Oysters & Pearls

Green Cherokee Purple Tomato | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes are not Toys | Oysters & Pearls

Tomatoes are not toys, Wallace.

Which also, note how TALL our maters are now!  We never cease to be amazed at how big they’ve gotten.  See them a little over a month ago {here}.  It’s especially crazy that we started them from seed!

For a tutorial on how we built our raised beds, click {here} and {here}!

Raised Tomato Bed | Oysters & Pearls

Now, if Wallace will just guard them from squirrels while we aren’t home, we’ll be set…

Guardian of the Garden | Oysters & Pearls


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