“A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising, and then after all, little by little, it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables.” ~ Gertrude Stein
While away for several days enjoying time in Central Texas with the cousins, fruits continued to grow in the neglected garden, some to gigantic proportions.
Okra and zucchini will get big really quickly and really must be checked and picked with regularity. Um, Husband didn’t get that memo and enjoyed the treat of a quiet house with no wife and kids instead.
Meanwhile zucchini and okra blew up. Never mind.
Jalapeño peppers and eggplant all continue to produce for the 15th month straight, and the kale and tomatoes feed our faces daily. Fresh herbs and onions and leeks from the garden enhance daily meals and are the easiest of foods to grow.
Of the 10 tomato variety, only four plants — two grape and two slicers — were intentionally planted. The rest are ‘volunteers,’ Roma and Cherry. I like to use the Roma to lure Leaf-footed bugs away from the ones that feed our faces (grape and cherry) as they don’t need to be pretty to serve; Romas get turned into sauces.
A single watermelon vine has taken over the chipped mulch pile and has a dozen fruits, a first for this garden. Nothing says ‘summer’ like watermelon smiles on the back porch of a hot day!
Any work I do to ensure yard fruits for my family is minimal. Nature does all the work! Emptying bags of previously collected leaves onto the garden space along with grass clippings and other organics or transferring mulch from the giant pile onto walkways between is really all I do. A 15-minute compost-flipping in the early morning hours (when it’s only 80 degrees) will quickly extend the garden another 20 sq feet is up, reading soil for coming for fall plants.
This is a no-till, no water, no work garden. Seriously, folks. Nature really does know best.
Of late, we are hosting a regular herd of doe who are patiently waiting for the figs in our yard to ripen. Thankfully so far, the only fruit in the garden space they enjoy is (was?) the cantaloupe and cucumber. They can have ’em. I’ve got plenty of other options, plus, their antics are sure fun to watch!
This fawn quite nearly got run over by my lawn tractor he was so well blended in. I caught him and put him inside a box with some hay (lid closed) to allow for the lawn crews and me to finish up. I then put him right back where I found him, box tipped on its side. He lay in wait there for several hours until Mama came to get him later that evening. (Doe will not collect their fawns until the coast is clear of predators…including humans.)
We have since watched her nurse him right from our windows, right in our yard.
Epitome of Cuteness!
Brand New White-tailed Deer Fawn
Fellow gardeners! I would love it if you would comment below with a picture of your spring/summer garden. I will put mine in first as a template. (Hint: Copy and paste your on-line photo link ending in .JPG for instant embed.)
Please include (my sample is in the comments below!)
- A photo of your garden…of course!
- City, State, Country (and your season, if it’s different)
- Your blog’s name (if you have one)
- Your favorite summer veggie
- Your favorite tool
- Share a tip for success, if you have one
Thank you for sharing your gardens with my readers.
Do you like to play in the dirt like I do?