I haven't updated on the overall status of the vegetable garden recently, so here goes. Below is the lower garden last Sunday. Spouse is on the deck, enjoying a cigar while watching the US Open. The cucumbers are starting to climb the bamboo tepees. All the herbs are doing very well (in the beds behind the cukes). At the very front of the picture you can see the evening primrose in all it's glory. It's a spreader, but I wouldn't consider it invasive because it's so easy to pull and/or replant to another part of the garden.
The upper garden is looking very lush (below). The front left bed is fingerling potatoes with beans along the side. The potatoes are amazing this year. I would not have thought that fingerlings would get that large. I just wonder when I can start grubbing around for some early spuds?
Front right is the legume bed. I already posted about cutting down the shelling peas. Tonight I'll harvest another 2-3 pounds of snap peas - I know what we'll be eating all weekend! Pole beans are in the center, and tomatoes are in the back left bed. Both are doing well.
The back right bed has roots and greens. The lettuce and carrots are doing great. The chard is finally starting to grow a bit. The biggest disappointment is the beets -they've hardly grown at all. It looks like I might take those out this weekend and put in some more carrots for a late fall harvest.
Below are the container tomatoes, with peppers at the end of the row. I've started seeing blossoms on just about all the tomato varieties, and the Sweet Baby Girl cherries have a few small fruits. It won't be long until we're in tomato heaven. The Hungarian Hot Wax peppers have fruits that are about to turn yellow, and the Mariachis are just setting fruit. I haven't seen any flowers on the Peruvian Purples, but they look healthy and lush.
Knock on wood, pests have not yet been a problem. However, as you can see below, something has been trying to get into the legume bed. I found the beginnings of a hole in the window screening after I cut down the shelling peas and moved the leaning snap peas aside. I have a feeling it's rabbits trying to get to the goodies inside. Luckily, they only got through the first layer of screening - the second is still hole-free.
I'm pretty sure the culprit wasn't this guy! (Gratuitous cute chipmunk picture)
We have chipmunks everywhere. I know a lot of people hate them because they get into the house or garage and then wreak havoc on the foundations. Luckily for us, they've stayed out of the human structures and kept to the stone walls around the garden.
This weekend I will finally start the new flower bed for the front yard. As a teaser, I'll leave with a picture of what it looks like right now . . . . By Monday, this area should have a whole new look.