Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Garden Update

It has been hot. Really hot. Today we topped out at a sultry 93 degrees. Right now as I write this it is 903 pm and we have dropped to a pleasant 84 degrees.

To combat the heat we do fun things. This is one of G's sprinklers.



It has little misters(I totally just made that word up right now) on the side and then every minute or so it blows its top. This part makes G laugh every time.


He likes the idea of a sprinkler, but insists that he doesnt want to get wet in the sprinkler. So, he goes in with his shield to keep himself dry.


But wait, its also a rain barrel. What? You cant tell the difference?


And this is a wet Darby. She likes to get wet in the sprinkler.

Alright, on to the garden. Please note my interim garden shoes.


I am growing, what I hope will turn out to be a sunflower house, for G. Look past all the weeds, please.

And these little sunflowers are in a delicate phase right now. That means that the "big" weed eater is not allowed near them. So, I must resort to special tools.


But look how pretty it looks when Im all done!


On to the tomatoes.

Yay! Little maters.


And little basils.

Taters and red peppers.


Onions.


Green beans, edamame, and cukes.



Baby cukes.


Flowering green beans.

And great big pumpkins.

With little bitty pumpkins.



14 comments:

farm mom said...

Everything looks amazing, good for you, my friend! :)

Julie said...

I love your garden! I'm hoping to have a garden next year at my parent's place. Still working on the area where it will be. Can you explain, share details of the screen things where your cucumbers are. I couldn't find a post about them. Thanks!

frugalmom said...

Julie: Thanks for stopping by! I love to garden. Try this link and see if it has the answers that you are looking for about the cucumber trellises.

http://fancyinthefarmlife.blogspot.com/2008/05/gardening.html

If you have anymore questions, please let me know!!

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Ok, everything looks amazing, but I know how you've lamented your grass these last few months. I just want to say: It looks AWESOME! :-)

That little sprinkler is hilarious - love the look on his face.

I love those little baby 'maters. Which type are those - they've got an interesting shape.
Are your row covers off for good now or did you just remove them for picture taking?

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, and I have a question. Why didn't you make me one of those cucumber screens while you were here?
:-)

dina said...

Your garden is beautiful! So close to being ready to be able to meander through and bring in the makings for a truly fabulous meal! Hooray!

Love your trellises, too - my husband made some like that a number of years ago - and we adore them!

Farmer Jen said...

Wow! Everything looks great. It has all grown so much!

CeeCee said...

What fun! I used to love the sprinkler too. We had no access to a pool and it was all we had.

Your garden looks amazing! Sunflower house?? Please expand on that idea for me.

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

Love that sprinkler! And I wanna hear about that sunflower house too. Sounds neat!

Christy said...

Dang, that is a beautiful garden. I think I'm going to fill my huge garden with raised beds. Hubby will kill me but they are so much easier to grow in!

Christy said...

What are the dimensions of your raised beds? I love the look of a bunch or raised beds in a row. I really am going to do that to at least part of my garden this fall.

goatgirl said...

Those shoes are just plain scary. I'm just sayin'

warren said...

I can't wait to see the sunflower house. Will you be living there or the in-laws?

frugalmom said...

farm mom: Thank you! I just know that your stuff looks fantastic as well.

danni: Thank you so much for the compliments on my grass. It does look so much better now. Just make sure to always look at it from a distance....
Those maters are my san marzanos. They are like tear drops almost. I can not wait to taste one.
And my row covers are off for good now. They were beginning to flower, so hopefully we will get some bees buzzing around to get all my plants pollinated. Please keep your fingers crossed for me that the bad bugs dont eat them up now that I have the covers off.
Oh, and we totally could have made one of those cucumber screens for you....but even better still lets let the guys do it while we sit in the lawn chairs and watch.

dina: Thanks for coming by. I am so excited to begin eating the produce out of my garden. I lean down and smell my little basil plants every time I walk by. I just can not wait!

Farmer jen: Thank you! It seems like some of that stuff just explodes over night! Its amazing to me. I am very envious of all your berries. One day I would like to grow some of my own.

Cee Cee: The sunflower house idea came from a magazine. You simply plant your sunflowers in the shape you would like...I chose a square shaped house...but you could have a circle or a rectangle...if you wanted! I opted for one of the largest varieties I could find...they grow 8-12 ft...Once they get to be about 6 ft then you want to use some twine or some kind of string and sort of lean the heads in at the top to form a roof type ceiling. The goal is that all your sunflowers will germinate and therefore become the walls of the house and the heads will become the roof. Then if you want to, you can plant some pretty colorful annuals along the bottom to fill in any gaps....and voila...a sunflower house! I truly hope that mine actually makes it to that point!

Penny: See above! And send good sunflower house thoughts my way!

Christy: I love my raised beds. This is the first season that I have done it this way. Im not sure that I will go back now! I do have to say that filling them was not a fun task....but its worth it. My beds are 5'wide by 10' long. And they are 8 in deep. I love looking at them all lined up like they are. It makes me smile.

goatgirl: I know I will not get lost ever while wearing those shoes....my feet nearly glow in those shoes. Id be happy to share them with you. I bet the goats would love them.

Warren: What? No way...that house is for VIP only....Im hoping to have live music, too.