6-28 Garden Progress Report and Fertilizer Friday

The Tuberous Begonias are coming into there own.

The local wildlife continue to use our restored woodland area as a highway to get to and from nesting sites (this painted turtle was so fast, I could only catch a photo of her rump as it disappeared into my perennial bed).

The prairie has maxed out its height at around six feet.  All fifteen grass and forbes species look healthy, normal, and are just now beginning to bloom.  Expect more prairie photos in the future.

The last bit of dramatic color in the dry deep-shade bed, at least until fall.


  • the tomatoes are vining properly or bushing properly, with no sign of disease despite the terrible rains that have plagued us all season.  They have flowered normally and are beginning to set fruit.
  • the cukes are climbing and have flowered.  I am beginning a preventative regimen against cucumber beetles and mexican bean beetles.  No sign of powdery mildew either.  Phew!
  • The pole beans are climbing nicely, and whatever had been chewing them, cut it out, so that’s a good sign.
  • The bush beans are flowering.
  • It has been a remarkably *fragrant* herb year.  I don’t know why the basil, dill and parsley are so powerful, but they are, so we’ve been enjoying them in the kitchen.
  • The onions are enormous.  Simply enormous.  I keep waiting for the tops to yellow and fall over, but I would say we’re still a month behind where we normally would be, for June.  I expected to have them out of the ground by now, but they just. keep. growing.  So that’s all good.
  • We pulled the rest of the leeks, lettuces, turnips, beets, and chard.  I may replant lettuces, but I hesitate to do so because I don’t trust the wet weather to continue…
  • The pea harvest was unsatisfactory.  Too much rain kept pollinators from doing their jobs as well as they might have.
  • The strawberry harvest was unsatisfactory.  Too much rain, not enough sun.
  • The raspberries are going gang-busters right now, but some of the plants aren’t exactly their happiest-looking — again, I suspect too much water.
  • The Japanese pumpkins have escaped the vegetable bed and are in with the gooseberries.  These may be the most vigorous winter squash I have ever tried.
  • The peppers are in flower.

There really isn’t that much more to report except to say that the weeds along the fence line have escaped me once again.  I wrote a long whiny blog about that, so it doesn’t really bear repeating.

Having seen my garden, how ’bout checking out lovely gardens in other parts of the country and all around the world by following the link to Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday page?


8 thoughts on “6-28 Garden Progress Report and Fertilizer Friday

  1. It’s really a give & take out there, isn’t it? We really appreciate when something does well, hate it when it doesn’t but, in the end, wouldn’t have it any other way! PS, love that little turtle…

  2. bushbernie says:

    Love your Tuberous Begonia and those gorgeous Lilies. It’s great to hear that so many of your vegies are doing well, but such a shame about your peas and strawberries. Gardening is never boring is it?

  3. We do have a lot in common in our gardens. My veg garden is a bit behind and the cold weather in most of June lept it from growing…basil is grumbling still. I enjoy seeing what is happening especially your veg beds. My garlic is about ready to pull as it is browning already. Looking forward to the prairie photos. My meadow is shifting to summer now. We are still getting too much rain here so it is tough to garden and weed and those thugs are getting a strong hold everywhere. Happy Gardening.

    • Sho'Nuff says:

      The wonders of technology! I am very much enjoying talking gardening/comparing garden triumphs and annoyances with someone in the Southern Hemisphere. Is the rain pattern you’re experiencing normal or unusual? Does S. Africa have a dry season/rainy season? The Mississippi River, where I live, is dangerously high and has flooded out the low areas of a couple of small cities. Though we always get thunderstorms during the tornado season, this volume of water is very unusual… and an ironic counterpoint to where we were this time last year… in the middle of a 3 month long unremitting heat wave and drought.

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