Friday, August 14, 2015

Garden - Spring 2015 - Update II

The Lord has graciously granted our 2015 Spring garden to continue. The mulch bed gardening allows us to set hoses from the cistern and only have to move them every 10 minutes, which keeps from having to constantly monitor the watering for 2 or more hours.

Here is how everything looked a couple of weeks ago, end of July...

Okra:

Okra Plants


Beans, butternut squash and zucchini:

Bean, Butternut Squash, Zucchini Plants


Here are carrots growing out of the hugelkultur bed. If you look closely, you can see the remnants of one of the bed's "tenants":

Carrots & Snakeskin on Hugelkultur Bed


More okra:

More Okra Plants


And our one pumpkin plant, and the okra again:

Pumpkin & Okra Plants


The pumpkin plant really took off, up the fence, which actually had a pumpkin hanging on it:

Pumpkin Plant Growing Up Fence


And up the tree:

Pumpkin Plant Growing Up Tree


And here are the tomato plants:

Tomato Plants


As for the produce, turnips planted a couple of years ago continue to show up!

Turnips


And here is butternut squash down in the root cellar we've been granted:

Butternut Squash in Baskets

Butternut Squash on Root Cellar Shelf


And a couple of good-sized pumpkins!

Pumpkins


Here are the few carrots we got from the hugelkultur bed, along with some okra and zucchini. The carrots were something of an experiment as I did nothing to improve the bed ahead of time, and it was just nice to see a few come out. The Lord has also granted several, but not a lot, of zucchini, and the okra keep coming in almost daily. We've been able to tuck quite a bit away by lacto-fermenting the vegetables in jars:

Carrots, Okra & Zucchini


And here are some tomatoes. We have pretty much just been eating these as we go:

Tomatoes


And here is where things are now, after about 5-6 weeks of straight upper-90 to 100-degree weather with no rains.

This is Garden 2. The okra is still going, nearly 6 foot tall; some of the green beans are still there; the butternut squash are still producing; and only 1 zucchini plant remains:

Garden 2 Mid August 2015


And this is Garden 1. The okra here is even taller, and the pumpkin plant is basically done. Sadly, a couple of the pumpkins didn't make it:

Garden 1 Mid August 2015


And the tomatoes. I had to dust them with an insect dust because it appeared blister beetles were making their way over there, and they do damage very quickly:

More Garden 1 Mid August 2015


Finally, because it appears that only soil that's covered will work well without requiring hoards of water, I decided to start mulching the rest of Garden 1, over the raised bed area, hopefully in time to plant a Winter garden!

Garden Raised Beds

Mulching Over Raised Beds Area


This week is about the last week we can do full watering because the cistern is getting to a point we want to make sure we have enough for ourselves and the animals; so if it doesn't rain, watering is going to have to be reduced.

We do have rain percentages this weekend though. But God knows best, and we are very grateful for the provisions He has granted from the garden this year thus far!

-- David

2 comments:

bayougirl said...

I am happy for you - it looks like the garden is improving every year. The pumpkins look especially robust :)

David and Susan Sifford said...

Hi bayougirl,

Thank you much! Slowly but surely we try improve things with God's help. :)

Thanks for saying hello!

-- David