Yesterday (Sunday) we all stayed home because of Jasper’s cold. I watched an online service and we got quite a bit of housework done. I made a big dinner, only to have Spencer and Jade cancel. And Sammy was too busy with school. So there are lots of leftovers!
We had a video chat with Flynn and Tiffany and Paisley, and Paisley was very active! Lina arrived there yesterday evening and has now met her niece.
Since Jasper was sick and couldn’t go to his usual Sunday night activity, the three of us watched a movie together and I got some knitting done.
So I believe I mentioned that I might give a progress report on my garden. Here it is, in winner/loser format.
Winner: Mint. I have 4 kinds of mint planted in one large container and they’re doing very well and have provided me with many cups of tea.
Loser: Tomatoes. I have 4 tomato plants which I have pampered, watered and fertilized faithfully. One of them has given me maybe 7 tomatoes. The rest, nothing. Yet I hear my neighbors have more tomatoes than they know what to do with!
Winner: Nasturtiums. I planted nasturtiums in the spring and they have bloomed and bloomed. Flowers and leaves give a nice bite to salads.
Winner: Pole Beans. Here you see my “bean harp” which has been pretty well covered with beans. They haven’t been super productive, but enough for us to enjoy some beans from time to time.
Winner: Impatiens, especially the two on the north end of the main garden bed. So pretty.
WINNER WINNER WINNER: Okra. This is my okra forest, now over 6 feet tall. Some of the leaves are nearly two feet across!
And here is a closeup of some developing pods.
I only have 8 plants but they produce enough for us to have okra with supper twice a week. Next year I will plant more! I want enough to pickle.
Losers: Bell peppers, parsley, squash. Actually, the parsley is okay. It just hasn’t really taken off like it has for me in the past. The pepper plants have flowered but never produced any peppers. The yellow squash and zucchini have FAILED in every possible way. Who fails at growing summer squash? Me, apparently.
Winner: Cucumbers. I just don’t have any right now. My two cucumber plants produced like crazy right up until they succumbed to powdery mildew. I’ve got two replacement plants growing but they’re still quite small.
Winner: Asparagus. At least I hope it’s a winner. We’ll find out next spring. Meanwhile, it’s looked very healthy all summer.
Winner: Lemon thyme, Greek oregano, chives. Almost completely care free.
Winner: New Zealand spinach. It took a LONG time to establish itself, but is finally doing well and providing greens to add to salads or stir fries. Considering what a chore it was to get it going, I’ll probably see if Jasper can build a cold frame for it so I can keep it through the winter (it’s a perennial).
Having taken all those photos yesterday, today I ripped up my useless squash plants so I can focus on building up the soil in that spot for a few weeks before I plant fall seeds there. Still holding out hope for another few tomatoes . . .
Here’s a shot from the front steps showing most of the garden:
Look who I found hanging out on an okra leaf.