|The garden on the Summer Solstice. The broccoli and potatoes seem to be growing the fastest these days.|
Much has passed in the garden since I last posted. Shortly after putting up the fence we're pretty sure one of the 4x4 posts had a deer encounter. Or vice versa. One morning on my typical bathrobe garden patrol I discovered the deer netting in one corner was sagging, and the 4x4 post was wobbly and had a chunk missing from one edge. WTH? The fencing was not breached, just loose. I had marked the enclosure all around with white flags as instructed, but it sure looked like a deer had knocked into it, and my discovery of a half eaten stalk of green grass on the wood chip covered ground next to the post confirmed that hypothesis. My husband dug up the 2.5' long metal fence post stake we used to install the 4x4s and found that two of the four welds was broken. Fortunately it was fairly easy to pry it up and he installed a new one and we're back to business. As a precaution I bought some solar powered spot lights to illuminate the posts at night, and they're working great.
|This is the long stake that holds the 4x4 posts for the deer fence. These are the two welds that broke from the deer encounter. I bet he had a headache for a spell.|
|Sunny Delight squash may be the next eaten since the sugar snap peas have finished.|
|Heirloom tomato German Orange Strawberry is laden with fruit.|
|This Midwestern girl loves her potatoes.|
|Looking down the tomato row. I've interplanted some kale here and there for lack of space.|
|What started as tiny little onion sprouts are now starting to hold their own.|
Heirloom tomatoes: German Orange Strawberry, Isis Candy, Black Krim.
Other tomatoes: Roma, San Marzano, Sungold
Swiss chard, dinosaur kale
Cucumbers: Green Finger, Diva
Beans: Kentucky Wonder pole, Spanish Musica pole
Potatoes: Red Norland, Yukon Gold
Evergreen hardy white onion
Squash: Sunny delight, Cocozella heirloom squash
Peppers: Red Beauty bell, Golden Treasure heirloom pepper
American Flag leek
In containers on the deck I've got radishes, more basil, Improved Meyer lemon, Black Mission fig, and sugar snap peas. Among the vegetables I've also got lobelia, marigold, Alba nasturtium. My husband is also looking after some salad greens, corn, and additional chard and kale in a shadier area.
Maybe next time I'll share a little about my worm composting setup and how I make the aerated tea. How is your garden doing this year?