Friday, June 13, 2014

A Garden Update

The garden is off to a great start this year! It's nearly all planted now with just two pole bean tepees left to plant around, as well as planting the winter squash and succession crops of lettuce. Last evening with having some evening sunlight for the first time in a while (my favorite lighting to photograph in), I went out and took some photos of what things are looking like now . . .

Pole beans - the tepee worked so well last year, that I made four of them this year.

Carrots, onions and potatoes. The carrots are doing really well so far, and it looks like we should have a lot to can!

Some of the onions.

Yellow Squash

Tomato plants freshly mulched (courtesy of my Mom - she's been busy mulching!) and there are beets planted down the middle of the rows. We tried this last year, and it worked really well. By the time the tomato plants are tall enough to be spreading into the beet rows, the beets are ready to be harvested!

Cucumber trellises (that have yet to have the twine put on them) with radishes growing underneath. The pole bean tepees are in the background, and two of those still need twine put on as well.

Some of the peppers

Look who I ended up scaring out of the garden :)

'Grandpa Admire's' lettuce . . . one of our favorites!

One of the few remaining cabbage plants. A couple of weeks after planting out the cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage plants, they began rapidly dying. After a bit of investigation, I discovered that the cause was Cabbage Root Maggots which we've never had before. Thankfully I was able to save some of the plants once I figured out the cause, but due to the little maggots, well over half of the plants died.

A bee on a Borage flower


The volunteer sunflower plants are just starting to form flower heads

Me weeding in the garden last week. 
(Leah had been out taking photos of Kymber so took this one as well.)

One of the photos of Kymber that Leah took . . . she's growing so fast!

The new strawberry patch is doing well!

We're starting to get some strawberries from the everbearers

Wild plums . . . a few more months and it will be time to make more wild plum jelly!

Two of the very few peaches growing this year. The late frost nearly wiped out the peach crop.

We have some apples this year!

Sadly we lost two of our apple trees including this one. We had a very strong wind storm go through recently, and this was one of the causalities. The graft area had been badly damaged in a hail storm we had a couple of years ago, and it must have been too weak to withstand the winds.

Blueberries . . . I see things like Blueberry Streusel Muffins being made in the not so distant future. :)

After not being able to do a lot with the garden last year other than the planting (due to the tick-borne illness), I am especially enjoying it this year and am looking forward to each part of the gardening process still to come . . . continuing to maintain, more planting, harvesting, and then preserving!


  1. You are way ahead of us, maybe due to your warmer weather. I only grow tomatoes in the greenhouse, though they probably would be all right outside, but just not so prolific.
    You will certainly have a good harvest!

  2. This is an amazing sight to me. I cannot even fathom how you find the time and energy. It looks so beautiful and so healthy.

    I sadly work on my herbs and tomatoes. I love having my herbs to choose at meal time.

  3. AnonymousJune 14, 2014

    Are you *actually* related to the Admires? If so, we are distant relations! I knew I liked you for a reason. And thank you for answering my question on Calvinism in your previous post.

    (the first Anon)

  4. AnonymousJune 14, 2014

    The garden looks great, Sarah! We've had lots of rain here too, and it has really helped my garden. I'm doing lots of weeding and mulching right now.
    Enjoy your Sunday,

  5. We do have warmer weather here, Elizabeth, than where you live! And the warmer temperatures and all of the rain that we have had lately have certainly helped the garden to grow quickly.

    We’re hoping so! And I hope you do as well.

  6. Thank you, Suze! It is a work in progress. :) It does take a fair bit of time, though over the years we’ve learned a lot of time-saving techniques which makes it easier.

    That's great that you grow herbs and tomatoes! Herbs are so fun to grow and homegrown tomatoes are one of the best treats out of the garden. I hope your plants do well for you!

  7. As far as I know, we aren’t, Anonymous . . . we simply like to plant a variety of lettuce called “Grandpa Admire’s”. :) So while we might not be related, we might be eating a variety of lettuce cultivated by one of your ancestors!

    You’re welcome!

  8. Thank you, Mrs. Anne! The rain has been nice, hasn’t it? Though, it does make things like getting hay in a little more difficult! I hope the weather will cooperate enough for you all that you’ll be able to get yours in. I was talking with someone at the farmer’s market yesterday and he has a lot of haying to do so is really hoping the rain will start holding off soon!

    Your garden activities right now are the same as ours . . . weeding and mulching. :) I hope that your garden does very well for you!

    Enjoy your Sunday as well!

  9. AnonymousJune 17, 2014

    Haha, well, it was an entertaining idea. Any MO Admire descendent would be very, very, very distantly related - almost comically so - but I had to ask. You never know who you'll run into online.



  10. It was, that, Anonymous! No, you never do. :)


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