Watching the Garden Grow

We planted a bunch of “stuff” the end of May. In June it rained – not just a bit, a whole lot’ta rain. Ark building type rain. We just hoped our vegetables would survive being continuously wet and cold. And then the sun came out a couple of weeks ago, not all the time mind you, but just enough to inspire the plants to open their flowers. So, here’s where things stand today – in the sunshine !

This is a very small bell pepper

Swiss Chard

Zucchini

Zucchini again –

Rows of staked tomatoes – Brandywine and Roma

Eggplant flowering
Green Cabbage
Basil and Italian Flat-leaf Parsley

This year we decided to put down a ground cover and then mulch on top. A really good decision. The result is virtually no weeds. Years past our garden was always overcome with weeds ( we do not spray anything and there is never enough time to spend weeding ). We debated regarding the ground cover – did not want to use plastic – and decided on using a cloth or fabric variety. Our hope is to be able to re-use the cloth next year. Having the hay mulch on top keeps weeds from sprouting beneath and also may preserve some of the integrity of the cloth as well. We’ll see what happens. By the way, we needed to put the split firewood down on top to keep everything from blowing away – we’re in a windy spot !