Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Garden Update!

Over here, it's been another crazy week.  My garden continues to look sorry and in desperate need of attention.  We recovered from our illnesses just soon enough to spend the last several days in Charleston, SC on a mini-vacay.  Needless to say, no one has really touched the garden in a solid two weeks.  I still haven't planted the peas, but I WILL do those this week and I WILL transfer the broccoli into jiffy pots.

Two weeks of weeds :(

It appears the pumpkin died while we were away.  It's OK, it was on death's door anyway.  I guess next year will be trial #3 at those here.  The funny thing is that we had great luck with pumpkins while living in Albuquerque and you'd think that area would be far less ideal. 

I really didn't give this pumpkin a lot of love this year because it kept crawling on top of my peppers, beans and tomatoes.  Next year we'll give the pumpkin a nice spot outside of the garden where it can grow free and as big as it would like.  Sorry pumpkin!

Dead pumpkin

On to good news.  We have our very first eggplant!!!  I'm so very excited about this!  To think I grew these from seed in February?!  I'm absolutely psyched about it!  I hope we aren't too far off from some mature eggplant.

Also, we are bursting with carrots.  I have yet to harvest all of them.  I made an amazing beef stew with my own onions, carrots and blue potatoes last week when we under the weather.  It was AMAZING! 

Carrots (There is one skinny, not-quite-ready parsnip on the left)

Speaking of, I'm not sure what to do with our harvested potatoes.  It seems too damp under the house to store them there yet it is too hot in the garage.  So, they are sitting in our pantry.  Hopefully they will keep as long as it takes to go through them.  I'll have to find another location for the onions because I read storing them together will cause the onions to go bad. 

I imagine it will only take us through October or so to eat all the potatoes if not sooner.  We didn't plant a huge amount and I have given quite a bit away to family and friends.  I guess we'll see how it goes.  Hopefully, I'm not sorely disappointed to find they've gone bad in the next few weeks.


Blogger Aliceson said...

I have about had it with my pumpkins! They are taking over not only my garden but now they have crawled into the lawn and onto my rhubarb. I think their days are numbered...

Beautiful eggplant!

July 20, 2010 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger sheila said...

Your carrots DO look awesome! Nice job! And isn't it amazing how weeds are growing so fast this year?

July 22, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

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