My garden continues to produce an abundance of yummy vegetables . . . I planned ahead and did plant a larger variety this year than last, so we are enjoying not just zucchini, but getting tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, a few peas still, hot peppers,spinach, broccoli, lettuce, beets, onions and garlic.  Things are taking off and really growing.  I try to use principles of companion gardening, however this year my garden did some things naturally. For example my green beans are vining up the sunflowers.  I love it and because of that is why I enjoy not planting in little rows . . .   🙂

 

I'm bringing about double or triple this amount every other day when I visit to water and weed.

I’m bringing about double or triple this amount every other day when I visit to water and weed.

 

Full garden salad!!! yummy

Full garden salad!!! yummy

 

zucchini

zucchini

 

Jalapeno pepper. so far enough to can 1 jar of pickled peppers.

Jalapeno pepper. so far enough to can 1 jar of pickled peppers.

 

beets . . . love them for the tops and bottoms

beets . . . love them for the tops and bottoms

 

Potato plant

 

First of many tomatoes

First of many tomatoes

Love all the sunflowers

Love all the sunflowers

 

winter squashes

winter squashes

 

Do you see the green beans on the vine attached to the sunflower stem?

Do you see the green beans on the vine attached to the sunflower stem?

Today's batch of refrigerator pickles and pickled green beans and hot peppers.

Today’s batch of refrigerator pickles and pickled green beans and hot peppers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IMG_4101This is what my deck looked like on April 18th.  In great anticipation of wanting to dig in dirt and plant my garden, everything was on my deck and we got snow.  We continued to get snow for another week or so, which made it difficult to get into the garden until much later than I wanted and much later than last year. I guess that is how it goes.  It make me thankful that I can go to the store for food and not depend on what I’ve preserved and can grow.

Anyway, I compensated by growing sprouts, celery and green onions on my window.  The celery I have since planted in my garden.IMG_4115

IMG_4116This is my third year trying sprouts and they really do not like me, except for the squash or pumpkin in the fore ground.  So most of my seeds and plants were planted late April.  I had a fun planting day with friends and their kidos.  Some dug and some ate dirt but we all had fun together.

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This past weekend we had Nick’s family in town and I was able to share the garden with Grandma and the twins.  It was a lot of fun.

Yesterday I brought home this bounty of yummy fresh vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s other pictures of what’s growing:

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I was able this year to get a 20 by 20 foot plot in a local community garden.  They provide water for a small annual fee.  I love it as it is only a few blocks from the house so I can walk up, water and tend and walk back in about an hour. This is the first time I’ve done a garden all by myself so it is exciting, but I feel that my bounty is definitely not my doing but God’s.  I tried to grow seedlings but they didn’t work out, however due to a very warm spring I planted the first round mid April. Some of those came up, some did not.  The peas from April have done great and I’ve enjoyed tons of snow peas.  The first pea harvest consisted of 4, the middle of June. I was so excited, I ate two there and brought two home to show Nick.

A few days later, I had a handful of peas and they kept coming for the past 4 weeks, but sadly they are dying out for other things.  Towards the end of June I picked my first zucchini.  My zucchini plants (2) have been very prolific and given us tons to eat and share.  My yellow squash is producing and we’ve enjoyed some and shared some.  We are starting to get some very yummy green beans as well.  I’m starting to get a ton of green tomatoes and mini melons.

I love to go and see the bees, ladybugs and birds that feast as well around the plants. I haven’t had any major issues with bugs yet, there was what looked like a potato bug eating my bean leaves, but they are doing better, so that’s good, I didn’t even puree guts and pour that on.  😉  I water about every other day and pray for lots of rain as well.  I have used my vermi-compost and worm juice to fertilize.  It is so much fun to get to play in the dirt and eat from it as well.

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This spring I am enjoying my own garden plot (20×20)  in a community garden only a few blocks away.  As Nick puts, it, mine is unique.  I have never liked the straight rows of gardens, so I have patches and some rows mixed up between various types of the same seed (ie lettuce).  I was all excited to try a greenhouse on my patio for starting seeds, however that did not work, so I bought seeds and have hopes for using my own seedlings next year.  Here’s some pictures of my garden.  I’ve planted, lettuce, swiss chard, cucumber, beets, zucchini, squash, melons, tomatoes and pepper plants, beans (green and dried) and peas.

Tomatoes with walls of water to help protect them. The tall poles are for the “cages” when they grow. . . yes it adds to the chaos.

        

The sad but necessary demise of gardening is always the weather.  This past week we have had crazy storms in CO.  One in particular brought hail and flooding to our area.  The hail was enough to shred all my plants’ leaves, however I think they’ll survive as the flooding thankfully did not wipe out the roots.  The flooding did however provide our creek enough water to flood the bridge behind our place.

The path to the bridge, flooded.

Nick woke up at 4am and the water was at the bottom of this sign.

Last year we discovered, we loved Grant Farms for local delivery of organic  vegetables.  This year we decided to volunteer some hours at the farm.  Kara and a friend from church planted potatoes in April and this past weekend Nick went along to help.  We were assigned to hoeing the perennial garden.  So we hoed for 4 hours.  It was fun, and I was definitely sore afterwards.  Check this blog out to see more from one of the interns and look for friendly faces towards the bottom of the page.

Potato field Kara and Hannah helped to plant.

One of the things that I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to about living in CO is the possibility and likely hood of wild fires in the mountains.  We had the Lower North Form fire in the end of March which burned almost 5000 acres and since it was south-west of us, the smoke was terrible right over our house.  This weekend as we were leaving the farm to get lunch, we spotted the smoke clouds in the mountains which is now known as the High Park Fire, which as of this writing is still burning un-contained. It started apparently by lightning about 6am and has now burned 41,000 acres of land.  It is very sad, but happens frequently out here.

By 3pm the fire had grown significantly.

On a lighter note, here’s the update on our kitty.  It has been determined that unlike her daddy, she prefers the light, cheap beers.