Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mutant Garden

We've planted a garden along our backyard fence every summer for the past 6 years. Usually we are pretty sucessful and get beans, peas, strawberries, potatoes, lettuce, zuchinni, carrots, blueberries, raspberries and more. The weather has been so crazy this year, and I have to admit, we haven't spent much time tending our garden, but things have gone a little wild!
We planted peas, carrots, beans, cherry tomatoes, watermelon, eggplant, and zuchinni. We never got around to planting potatoes, which I am very sad about. We do have strawberries, blueberries and raspberries which are pretty well established and don't take much work - which we all love (more on those later!)
This is what our garden has become this year: This is two cherry tomato plants. Our neighbors watered them for us while we were in Wisconsin. We think they must have slipped them some growth hormones along with the water. You can't tell where one plant ends and the other begins. There are tomoato cages around them, and we've tried staking them up, but nothing seems to help these wild things!
This is still the tomato plants. See the big yellow blossom in the middle? That is a runner from either the zuchinne, eggplant or watermelon. It just grew up over the top of the tomatoes.
We normally have a lot of luck with our beans. This year, it took them about 2 and half months to do anything. I was just looking at them the other day, and I may be able to harvest a handful of beans later in the week. There is also a rogue tomato plant that grew right in front of the beans. We think it must be from a prior year plant.
I planted a section of carrots - we got 2 sprouts. I've left them both in the ground and am waiting to pull them for a few more weeks. I love carrots fresh from the garden, so I'm waiting until these gets nice and big. Those poor dead plants are the peas. We got a few peas off of them before the shriveled up and died. I'm not sure what their deal was, we watered them!
I guess we'll just be writing off this gardening season. Soon, everything will be pulled up and we'll fertilize and hope for a better growing season next year.

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