Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Veggie Garden

Raised Bed Summer Veggie Garden

This summer's moderate temperatures has caused slow growth in my main veggie garden, but it is chugging along as you can see in the photo above. In the foreground you can see cucumbers and summer squash (zucchini & crookneck). To the right foreground in this photo are green (bush) beans. Several types of tomato plants are growing in the middle of the garden. Absolutely NONE have ripened yet. Not even my dependable cherry tomatoes. They are just little green marbles! In the back you may spy a couple of basil plants and some parsley. You cannot see the eggplant and chile plants in this shot as they are still quite small and hidden from view by the tomatoes.

While I personally do not need any more hot weather, my veggie garden does. I need my veggies to produce for me! And I need to harvest them before the gopher intruder (aka "the DAMN gopher") damages and/or destroys any more of my nurtured veggie plants. He (I've decided the intruder is a male gopher!) has already eaten my habanero chile plant that I grew from seed and he damaged my volunteer garlic crop! I had to harvest it a bit earlier than planned to curtail the damage. So I really need my garden veggies to cooperate with me and get busy producing their crops so that I can hurry up and harvest them for my family's meals rather than for the gopher's (that DAMN gopher!) dinner.

Ha! Stay tuned. We will see who wins this harvest race yet. Yes, gardening can be a competitive sport!

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Hardware Bob said...

Your garden is more mature than mine, looking good and healthy.

Thanks to my garden security, the guard motion sprinkler, the critters have left everything alone.

Maybe they are all just waiting for the veggies to ripen.

A sport indeed.

CaliforniaGrammy said...

I like your fence around your raised bed . . . I assume there must be a gate in it for you to tend the garden? We think we're dealing with a smart coyote who keeps stealing our ripening Ace tomatoes, or I should say the DAMN COYOTE . . . the motion sprinkler nor the electric fence is making any difference. Now we're gonna put a fence like yours with the electric fence on top of that around the perimeter of the four raised beds. This'll take place in the fall, however. Too hot for such a task right now.

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Bob,
Thanks for the garden praise. Your garden always does well, except when that gopher was stealing your tomatoes a couple of years ago.

Hi Janice,
My garden fencing is actually 6 separate panels that attach to the raised bed posts with gate hooks. When I want access to the garden, I just unhook the appropriate panel and move it aside. Very low tech, inexpensive and easy. The panels are made of split (ripped?)2x4s with chicken wire stapled to them.

A raccoon might be your tomato thief. They love fresh veggies.

Jen's Farmily said...

How's your garden doing now? It's been so dry around here that I'm almost glad we didn't put our garden out. It wouldn't have turned out well!! We are still getting a lot of eggs, however!