We here at "In the Garden" enjoy posting about our vegetable gardens. Skeeter's vegetable garden is new, my mother also has a new one, Lola has one in Florida as well. I chose the 16th of the month because it is the day after GBBD and many bloggers participate in GBBD. (But! If too many bloggers are tired from GBBD posts, maybe another day would be better? The 20th Maybe?) In my mind I thought picking a certain day to post on veggies was a good idea, so that is what I have done for many months now. I post on many things but on these two days I know exactly what I will be posting about. Readers can always count on these two posts here on those two sacred days. I know many bloggers who do post about vegetables occasionally, and some all the time. Vegetables are great, especially with the price of all goods rising so fast, but not all gardeners grow vegetables or blog about them all the time. If you are a gardener who grows vegetables and posts on them (occasionally), why not pick a day and post about them? I'd like to read all of the vegetable posts. You see, I can't always visit all the blogs I love each and every day, so on the for sure days I know there is a special post up, I would truly endeavor to visit all blogs who post a GBBD on the 15th, and Vegetable Garden Update on the 20th. Thanks! And I hope to see some vegetable posts on the 20th! Dawn? Dave? Frances? Cindy? and anyone else who posts on vegetables! DP-you already do a great job with all of your vegetables-especially Barney! Gail? Marnie? Perennial Gardener? Garden Girl? And all of you great garden bloggers (too many to name) Do you have some veggies hidden somewhere you could post about on the 20th?
Now to our monthly updates on the Tennessee garden (Tina) and the Georgia garden (Skeeter)! The above vegetables are a few I recently harvested from the garden. The black bell pepper was a surprise. Apparently I purchased a special variety and had forgotten. All the bell peppers on the one plant I planted are black or turning black. Can you see it above the eggplant? I have three eggplants growing. This one will go great with some homemade spaghetti sauce. Skeeter, Do you know the type?
There is so much going on in the vegetable garden I can hardly walk in it anymore. The above picture is a long view looking southeast. Just a few short months ago there wasn't 'much to look at here. The orange cosmos have finally come into their own. You can see the dark cannas on the left of the cosmos, and the 15 foot tall banana tree in the center of the vegetable garden proper.
Here are two of the fruitful fruits. Gourd vines are tough and I have found the fruit do not need to be held up. Actually, it is best to let them hang so they will grow straight. These ones will be very straight and big as they are 4+ feet off the ground and growing nicely. No gourds laying on the ground have ever rotted in my garden. I will not harvest these until the first frost kills the vine. They should be good and sturdy by then. I will post my drying method later. The eggplant are finally maturing. I noticed three are growing now. Finally! I still say it is not worth a gardeners time growing these vegetables to eat, but for fun-go ahead. Be prepared to battle bugs and receive a bit of disappointment. These guys are slow to start but doing well now. The flea beetles haven't slowed them down.
The only failure in the vegetable garden has been the rhubarb. Even though I have grown a clump for about four years I have decided to not bother with it anymore. I really loved growing it but its fickleness with the heat and humidity down here is just not worthy of space in my vegetable garden. It tends to fade and nothing I can do seems to help it out. So it came and straight into the compost pile. Oh well. Here's to all of you and your vegetable gardens!
in the garden....
Water in the Rain Gauge is something we have not seen much of this summer or the past 3 years down here in Georgia! Happy to report with a few rainfalls, we have been able to gather a few crops from the garden. Look at the beautiful salad I made with our tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers! I added a few more fun things such as feta cheese, black olive and spinach leaves. It was yummy!
I know it is not because the bees are not doing their job of pollinating. Just look at those two little busy bees working away inside the squash plant!
The Saint has been picking his Cowhorn and Jalapeno peppers as fast as he can! We only have a few of them on the vine. Once they are picked, I believe that will be the end to them. They really did not seem to mind a dry summer or the 75 straight days we had of above 90 degree temps.
Tune in Sept. 20 for more!