Today is a cool & misty kind of day. Not really great weather for doing much in the gardens other than wandering around to see how things are coming along. I've noticed I've not posted much this summer & it's mainly because I'm slightly depressed about the state of my attempts to grow food. Things aren't doing so well this year - it's cool, cloudy & generally not great weather for veggie crops.
My potatoes & lettuce are loving it though. I should remind myself of that more often, but I'm honestly getting tired of eating so much lettuce!! I know I will miss it dearly in the winter (unless I can figure out how to grow it during those months), but right now, I want to be crunching on beans & peas, roasting tomatoes & adding other veggies to my meals.
I've also seen a lot of squash volunteers coming up in random spots. We ate a lot of squash this winter & I actually want to grow my own - bought seeds & started them, but those seem to have disappeared, either from birds or slugs or critters in the soil attacking the roots. It's the volunteers of unknown varieties that are doing well. Go figure...
Now I hope they will start to flower & set fruit so that I can see what variety they are. They actually might just be the ones I wanted anyway...
But who knew they would produce their own fruit?!! I'll probably have to remove these before they develop any further (research needed), but it's amazing the changes that happen after only a few days.
Next year I'll dedicate 1 whole raised bed to potatoes so that I'm not worried about the competition for space.
I really need a 2nd greenhouse to house these as I have learned that peppers require more space than 1 gallon pots. They also like more heat than the tomatoes & since I'm constantly leaving the greenhouse door open on 'nice' days, the peppers really aren't growing to their potential.
Again, next year I think I'll dedicate a full raised bed to just beans next year. I did try growing runner beans, but they haven't made an entrance into the world & I don't think they will at this point. Sad - would have been nice to see those lovely red flowers!
Another first for me are lemon cucumbers.
They don't look very happy do they?
I have no idea what's going on & frankly, at this stage I'm not inclined to try to figure out how to 'fix' the problem. They are putting out flowers & I check on them frequently to see if they are developing fruit & since I know that they are supposed to be small when ready for harvest, I won't make the mistake of trying to grow 'big' cucumbers. I miss the taste of fresh cucumbers. I have grown weary of the long English cukes we get from the store. Absolutely no flavour!
Please, cukes - give me a few fruit this year...
While I was pulling my hair out last year due to the deer eating everything, this year they seem to be leaving me pretty much alone. Well, I have noticed a few lily buds are missing & a hosta has been tasted, but the devastation from last year is not noticeable. The shrubs are making a come back (now growing very low to the ground, mind you, instead of tall & stately), I feel that I am working WITH Nature instead of AGAINST Nature this year.
So while it's not a great day (or season) for gardening, I will fill up my hummingbird feeder & watch these funny little birds gathering up on my deck.