Thursday, July 23, 2009

Struggling....

My poor garden is barely hanging in there, struggling along in this 100+ degree weather. My tomatoes are finally starting to ripen, so the plants just need to hang in there a little bit longer. Once these tomatoes are done, I'll rip the plants over and start over in about a month for a fall crop.The herbs are faring a little better, they are in a part of the garden that gets more afternoon shade. Every morning, I cut some mint, catnip, oregano, sage and rosemary for the bunnies. And I'm still getting a few jalapenos from my one lonely plant. It might bounce back for the fall, I'm hoping. (I love this wooden bowl, a recent thrift store find for $2.99. Deal!)The mammoth sunflowers are not doing too bad. I guess that is why they call them SUN flowers? I like to plant them around the garden - a few here, a few there. Their leaves are huge, so they provide shade for the plants below them. And they draw bees to the garden, which is good. The birds usually end up eating the seeds, but if I catch them in time, I'll give them to the goats who scarf them down, flower head, leaves and all. They do leave the stalk, though. I guess even goats draw the line somewhere...
My plan for next year is to erect a shade canopy over the main part of the garden that I can put up and take down as needed. Add that one to the "to-do" list...

10 comments:

Maria said...

erecting shading is on my to do list as well, my afternoon sun is so fierce.
love the sunflowers, mine did nothing this year, 1st time planting them so hope for better luck next time.

Phyllis said...

I understand completely and sympathize. The deer ate all my tomato plants. We haven't had too hot a summer yet (thank goodness) but very little rain.

My verification word is SUCKSHIP - how goofy is that?!?

Pony Girl said...

It looks beautiful, despite the heat! How nice it would be to have fresh veggies and herbs...someday...oh, and I love that you found a treasure at a thrift shop!

Katie said...

Sorry to hear about your garden. I know exactly how you feel. The last two summers were awful here (TN) with excessive heat and drought. This year has been like a non-summer. But we still have the dog days of August ahead of us!

and my word verification is tubnart. :)

backattheranch said...

Looks great! Love the peppers! We have a ton right now. They love the heat and sun. Good Luck!

Broken Y said...

Girl, you should see mine. I can hardly keep the crab grass away!

Christina said...

My plants are all struggling as well. This has been a tough summer. You plants look good to me. I too have sunflowers but I never planted any. It must have the work of the birds.

Teresa said...

How do your animals survive in this heat? I guess since they are indigeous to the area, maybe it doesn't affect them as much as humans. Still amazing to see herbs growing and peppers, too. The only thing growing in my backyard are weeds!!!!!

sassyglassdesigns said...

The heat has taken its toll on most gardens I think. We have been pretty lucky...we have had literally hundreds of tomatoes. Over the last couple of days we canned about 15 pints and 4 quarts of tomatoes.

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Carolynn said...

My garden is limping along as well. I think I bought mostly plants that were spring bloomers, so now I have little other than greenery. Which is still nice, however...

I love your sunny sunflowers and I'm envious of your garden that gives you fresh produce. There's nothing better than something straight from the garden!