Summer garden ramblings....

Hello again garden gals and guys! Well, the summer heat is finally upon us. Combine that with the rain and what do you get? Yup....weeds! Yuck. I didn't go to my garden for a week and the result was five hours worth of weeding in the big garden.

My daughter--my secret garden weapon--even gave up on me after about 20 minutes and instead chose to take my picture before she was invited to go for a swim in the pool that was right by the garden. So I got to watch her swim while I toiled in the heat. Something about that is not fair.

Here I am in the tomato patch:

Here is what the beds looked like before I got to them:

Here is a good garden lesson. Ever heard of flea beetles on eggplants? Maybe you haven't, but have you ever seen your eggplant leaves full of tiny pinholes like this?

Well, let's take a closer look. You see those tiny black dots? They hop when you try to touch them. Those are flea beetles and this is what they look like up close:

The cure? I spray with insecticidal soap. But don't rush to the store to buy it. Just get a bottle sprayer and put a dash of dish washing soap (the kind you use in the sink not in a dishwasher). Mix well and spray.

Be sure to spray the undersides of the leaves (where it seems all bugs like to hide). Or you can give the plants a good spray of water with the hose which will knock those beetles off.

Either remedy works but you also have to be diligent about watching for more beetles.

Here are some piks of fruit in the garden...boy I can't wait til harvest time!

Zucchini (and did you know you could EAT those flowers? Yup! You can dip them in egg batter and fry them. Some people stuff them with cheese first. The flower tastes sort of like a cucumber)

Big Beef Tomatoes:

Cantaloupe (it's about the size of a golf ball now):

Cucumber (that one is more than ready for picking!):

Down on the farm..... I know this is a long blog post but there's so much to tell you! Remember that I work on a farm as part of a farmer trainee program? Well this week we did a lot of things but what you may find most interesting is the garlic harvest. This is Jack using a pitch fork to lo0sen the garlic in the dirt:

That garlic was planted last October, by the way. Jes and I then went behind him and gently pulled the garlic from the ground and this is what it looks like freshly harvested:

Garlic is easy to grow! You should try it! October is the time to plant to get a nice summer harvest. If you don't know how to plant it you can Google it OR you can wait until October and read my blog post about it (hey....I have to keep you coming back for more, don't I?)

One last thing before I say so long. It's a garden tip for you! Now that the garden is under way and the plants are fruiting you probably think I can just sit back and watch everything grow, right? Nope!

Now is the time to get seeds started for a nice fall harvest. Broccoli, kale, chard, lettuce, can start those all from seed now and then transplant them into the garden in August for a nice October harvest! that's really it. And my hands are tired! Until next time garden gals and guys....

Happy gardening!


  1. Stopping by from A Diva's Garden. I'm enjoying your blog posts. Since I am a newbie gardener, I'm sure I'll learn a lot.

  2. Hey there, Diva! Glad you could stop by and I am happy to share all that I learn with you!

  3. My dear Audra,Grandma Carmela used to fry the zucchini flower all the time.It was one of her favorites.Grandpa would tell her to stop pulling the flowers because she was taking away from the harvest.

    Also for those veggie lovers and diet buffs,wash
    and slice up the zucchini add a little salt and pepper,put them in a zip lock bag,everytime you feel like eating something
    just pop a slice in your mouth.Can't wait for my
    harvest.hurry pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee.I let you know how I make out with planting garlic.
    Speaking of garlic,when your mother was young grandma Carmela would make a garlic necklace put it around my neck and send me off to school.
    Can't imagine why the kids at school stayed away
    from me(He He)but it helped my cold.
    Nice pictures too.

  4. Mommy....I never knew that Grandma used to eat the zucchini flowers! Wow! You learn something new all the time!!

  5. Hi Diva! I see you are hard at work again...yes, kids have an easy way out at times... Your garden is looking good even though some weeds and bugs are around. I've got black aphids on a couple things so I'm out there with a high-pressure hose spraying them down! I did not know you could eat zucchini flowers, sounds interesting but most of all I wish I had that little cucumber. I love cucumber and its going to be awhile until we get anything like that around here. Garlic is of interest too so I'll be waiting for your planting post come October. Stay cool Diva!

  6. Hey there Igarden! Ohhhh garlic is so yummy and really so care-free to grow. You must try it! I spent four hours in the garden again this past weekend so my garden is now weed least for a day or two! :o)


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