Despite all the storms and our abandonment of the garden for the week we left town, everything is growing so nicely. It’s amazing how much a garden can change in a week. We came home to sprawling melons, sweet potato vines, and various squashes. We’ve been eating cucumbers, Cherokee Purple tomatoes, and the first of the Amish Paste tomatoes that I grew from seed are starting to turn. All the beans and peas that I planted in the week before we left are doing very well.
Years ago, we planted two apple trees, but only one survived (two are necessary for proper pollination.) The pollinators must have visited our neighbors apple tree because we have a few apples this year. I think our surviving tree is one of these.
I thought I was setting out zucchinis in this bed. Turns out, there were some pie pumpkins mixed in as well. We are doing a pretty good job holding the squash bugs at bay by diligently hand picking them off the plants every day.
Intruder evidently had a stroke while we were traveling so he hasn’t been joining me in the garden. He spent a few days recuperating indoors and is now almost back to his old self. He is still a bit wobbly, but I am so grateful that he is all right. He has always driven me crazy with the leg biting, but I realized that I am actually very fond of him the day we arrived home and I noticed that something was wrong. Maybe he won’t return to his bad ways and will be a sweet cat from now on.
How is your garden growing?