Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Monday, August 20, 2012

Garden Update - It's A Jungle In There!


We have been getting rain recently and it sure does make the garden grow! The tomato plants and summer squash plants completely fill their 4-foot by 4-foot boxes and the tomato plants are starting to break free!
I have been harvesting quite a few of the French heirloom Ronde de Nice zucchini (small picture far right) and the Bennings Green Tint Pattypan squash, enough so that I have been selling some at the Farmers' Market. Jerry will only eat so many squash, ya' know. ;-)
The picture on the bottom left is an Italian heirloom eggplant, Listada de Gandia. I just love them, not only are they pretty but I like the taste and texture better than the Black Beauty eggplant. The bright yellow guy is a Golden Sweet melon and while it is certainly golden, they aren't very sweet and they are small, only about 5 or 6 inches long. I won't be growing them again.
The cherry tomatoes and yellow pear tomatoes are producing nicely but I'm still waiting for the bigger tomatoes to ripen. I found a great site that talks about freezing tomatoes until you have enough to can a batch and you can even freeze the cherry tomatoes!
What I didn't show ya'll is the "wildlife" that is living in my garden jungle. You know, the squash beetles and grasshoppers! Grrrr...
Linking up with The Country Garden Showcase and Mosaic Monday.

16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

glad you've got some great produce! i don't garden but have plenty of grasshoppers to share with you. :)

Heidi said...

Lol Candy. We all have our share of grasshoppers and beetles in the garden right now. Your veggie garden looks fabulous. I really like how pretty your heirloom eggplant is and I am encouraged by your description of how good it it compared to the Black Beauty. I may try them next year. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful images from your garden.

Michelle said...

Your pictures look great. My problem isn't the bugs. i do have them but animals are my main problem. Hopefully we took care of that.With a fence.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Looks good! I love that little squash! Hope it tastes good.

Michaele said...

It all looks so good! Kicking myself here for not planting squash this year. Oh well - next year : )

Nancy Claeys said...

Everything looks so good Candy. My cherry tomatoes are doing okay as well but no ripe big ones yet either, except for the ones given to us by a friend.

Laura @ Laura Williams Musings said...

This looks better than my poor old heat burnt garden.

Kristina said...

I know what you mean by the squash bugs. They are terrible here this year.

Jennifer said...

Looks great... I freeze tomatoes, my husband grandma shared that with me a few years ago :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Looking good we have had no rain for three months so ours is looking more like a desert than a jungle!

Lisa Lynn said...

I need a machete to get through my garden now :) So I can relate!

Robyn said...

Candy, I picked tomatoes last night! There is such a huge difference between fresh from the garden taste and store bought.

Taking tomatoes and eggs home to share with my folks.

Deb Crecelius said...

Lovely garden; lovely garden photos.
Yep, I agree on the bugs...grrrr.

nancy said...

I'd heard about freezing tomatoes, good idea! I'd like to can some this year, but I only get a small harvest at a time...

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Kateri said...

Your garden looks good! This time of year it does to turn into a jungle. Thanks so much for the link on freezing tomatoes--perfect timing. I'm still on vacation (heading from Maine to the Finger Lakes in NY as I'm typing--my husband is doing the driving--and i'm trying to catch up on my favorite blogs. I left a garden full of ripe tomatoes behind in Michigan. Was just on the phone with one of my neighbors who wants to pick some for the winter, but doesn't can, we were talking about freezing tomatoes, but neither of us had done it before. Sounds so simple!