Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Watched Garden Never...?

 My gardens security officer, and official weeding companion stands guard! Watching for any disturbance in the force.

Nothing gets past her cast-iron 4 pounds. Well....except for the mouse which ran through the yard yesterday. She just stood there watching it scamper,  trying to figure out what it was.

 Our garden is very small compared to most of yours, who I regularly visit on your blogs. But what she lacks in space, she makes up for in the joy and excitement that she gives back to me.....and to little Missy.

While little Missy has been watching,  I have been waiting patiently, for my tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers to flower.  My tomato bush, I am sorry to say, is looking very, very, bad! It has begun to turn completely brown on one side and I cannot figure out what is causing it.
See, in the back there are many green branches. However, there are about 3 side shoots from this one that are just turning completely brown. Any thoughts ladies and gents? Bug, fungus, heat?

However, on the bright side, I do have peppers starting to develop! Yea!! We found our first pepper tonight.
He is very small right now, but the magic encouraging words were spoken, and hopefully he will continue to grow. His cousin next door is still microscopic, but looking good.

My sunflowers under the squirrel feeder are doing well. I have no idea what they will look like as they are the "feed" that we use for the wild life and bird feeders. As soon as I know, you will definitely see pics.

The basil is awesome!

The mescalin, {Rocky Top} is doing wonderful.

Finally, we have a cucumber! Yes, only the one for right now, but it looks like others are on their way.

Alas, poor watermelon, I knew you well!
The lovely man who mows my lawn forgot that this was NOT a weed, but a much loved little plant. :(
We were quite hearbroken the other day when we walked outside to see how she was doing, and found a stub. Oh well, back to the seed trays next year...and maybe a good garden fence.

As you can see, I way overseeded the radish patch with "French Breakfast" this year, and they have been growing every which way, but they are so good. I will make sure I do consecutive sowings next year, for a more continuous growing period.  As they are all just about mature enough to pull, and I have about 100 that need pulling. Guess the neighbors will benefit from my mistake.

The eggplants seem to be doing ok...but that is about it! They were started too late and I think that they are just going to take a little longer to get going. Who knows, maybe by September I might have some.

My fig tree is still working. Nothing ripening yet, but my mothers tree is unbelievable. She trimmed it back about 3 months ago, and it has flushed with about 200 figs. Needless to say, we have been eating some serious figs. I believe hers is a Brown Turkey as well, but I am not quite sure.  I am not that educated in figs........yet! They are quickly becoming a favorite though, and one tree might not be enough. lol

Well, that is about all for now. Hope you enjoyed it, and if you happen to know what is happening with those tomatoes, please, all advice is welcomed.

Best wishes from me and little Missy!


  1. I love how you have made such good use of your space! From one small gardener to the other, you are doing a fabulous job!

  2. I love that basil....yummy. I think a garden of any kind is a joy to have! Love yours!

  3. So much abundance! I just hope that pesky mouse doesn't eat things (I think I may have had a mouse in the strawberries - tiny bites out of eat one yesterday!)

    1. Don't you just hate that! It's like they want to sample ALL instead of just finishing off the one. If we could only train them to do

  4. We have had so much rain over the past couple of weeks that my tomato branches/leaves have all been turning yellow and dying. I pruned back some of it yesterday, and hoping that a few days of sun will perk them up again. We shall see!

    1. I wish we would get some rain! That would be so nice. We get the clouds, and sometimes even the lightening and thunder; but alas....not a drop!.