Looking back at my Thoughtful Thursday posts, I realized that it had been quite a while since I wrote about our garden. It has done surprisingly well considering the extreme heat and dry weather we had for most of June and July. Thankfully, since we have just the two raised beds and one strawberry bed, I was able to water them enough to keep everything alive.
Once the rain started back, I started harvesting more and more. My cucumbers have done great and the peppers and tomatoes have really made a comeback. This is what I picked Saturday before last…
There was also a handful of very small strawberries that I made strawberry lemonade slushies with and I still have several carrots left, too. That same day, I sowed a fall crop of lettuce and a few more cucumber seeds. There is just enough time before our usual frost to get a few cucumbers from new plants. Say a little prayer that our frost is a little late.
Our new grapevines are growing well, but it will still be a year or two before we actually get fruit from them. It is the same with the fruit trees. I am trying to be patient and let them grow more before bearing much fruit so they will be nice and strong.
The wood that we made our raised bed from is starting to deteriorate so C & I are trying to come up with an inexpensive alternative to replace the boards. We have a few ideas, but no concrete plans yet. We are thinking of using artificial deck boards, but they are so expensive. I might have to start stalking Craig’s List to see if we can find them on the cheap.
Considering the weather that we have had, I have been thrilled at the garden output and hopefully it will continue for a few more weeks!