Garden Update: July 6, 2013

 We got rain. All. Week. Long. I feel like I have said that before, but this has got to be the rainiest year I can remember having in a long time. It seemed like every time I tried to get in the garden it would start pouring. But, rain is a good thing. And everything is growing really well because of it.

This is one of Rylan's Moon and Stars Watermelons. It's either red or yellow inside, I am not sure which.

The tomatoes are huge. And I have followed my normal pattern of planting way too close together and it has taken on a jungle feel. Some are towering over my head and the kids like to crawl through the tunnels beneath the plants.

Here are a couple: Chadwick Cherry, Yellow Pear, Rylan's Golden King of Siberia and Green Zebra. The Farallones are huge and the last picture is of the Super Sioux, which is really nicely formed.

 The eggplant, pepper and cucumbers have take off. We have a garter snake living in this bed. We often find it under the cucumber vines or between the eggplant.

Red Lipstick peppers and Red Mini Bells....

Large Red Italian Pepper and Rylan's purple jalapeno...

 Apple Eggplant and Ping Tung Eggplant...We've also picked a couple Black Egg and Purple Long

And Dragon's Egg Cucumber.  These have a very nice flavor. We also picked a couple of Rylan's White Wonder and a Suyo Long.

Tonight Lakin helped me top the basil. It was getting taller and closer to flowering so we cut it down. This is the second major pruning I've done this year, but I got enough to make more than a quart of pesto tonight.

My Calendula and Chamomile and Cohen's zinnias. He's growing 4 or 5 different varieties.


 Then the summer squash, beans and okra... Cale's white bush marrow squash and his big pumpkins...he's aiming to take the prize in the biggest/heaviest pumpkin contest in the fair.


 This was tonight's harvest: Basil, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers....

So how does your garden grow?

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  1. Oh, my your garden is beautiful. We have been having trouble with too much rain. Some of our plants have actually rotted. I love your tomato plant jungle.

  2. WOW! Looking amazing!!!

    Kristen from The Road to Domestication

  3. You garden looks GREAT, despite the rain rain rain. I guess it needed a big drink! I love your tomato jungle, that's normally what happens here - but it makes for an adventure during the picking. :)

  4. Wow, that's a lotta produce! Your garden is awesome and must be thoroughly enjoying the rain! We have had record temperatures here - 111 degrees on the 4th! Have a great week!
    Vickie @ Making Our Sustainable Life

    1. I couldn't imagine 111 degrees! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Those tomatoes look dee-lish! Enjoy the bounty!

  6. So many eggplant!!! I'm a huge fan (I'm growing 5 varieties this year) but I only grow one or two of each kind. How do you manage to eat/ preserve them?

    1. We have 4 different varieties this year, we planted more but the seeds were temperamental. My kids are somewhat resistant, but we are trying different recipes, so far I have not found a good way for us to preserve it so we are eating (and sharing!) most of it.

  7. Your garden is beautiful! I'm glad I found your blog on the hop! I'm following now, and look forward to more inspiring pictures from you homeschool, too!

  8. Your garden looks AMAZING - that photo in the tomatoes is awesome. I'm in awe of your peppers, ours always struggle.

  9. Looks gorgeous!! We have been pummeled with rain for almost a month, so I feel your rain pain. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

  10. We have had lots of rain too. Your garden looks very good despite the rain!

  11. Thanks for welcoming us to your garden.
    Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist!
    Hope to see you again this week.