Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Friday, August 9, 2013

August Vegetable Garden Status

The garden has been producing as these photos will attest to.

But I had let the weeds grow and the tomato plants flop and the blueberry bushes die so it was time to tackle that garden this morning.

Here are three before photos.

These are two blueberry bushes against the fence that are doing okay, not great but I'll let them be for now.  The one on the left did produce this year.

Below can you see the dying blueberry bush at the corner of the fence?  That one and the one on the left have been pulled out.  I was surprised how easy that was and how few roots they had.  You can see how the crab grass has taken hold despite the mulching.  

This yellow tomato has been a disaster so it and the one next to it are gone now.

My volunteer from the squash family is a pumpkin.  It's mingled with butternut squash that I planted on the fence but the pumpkin has more fruit.

Here's the start of the after shots.

Tomatoes tied up better but I will be placing an order for more tomato ladders.

Below the cane fencing is where I planted snow peas.

Blueberry bushes are gone and so is the crab grass.  I think I'll measure for more raised beds.  My hopes for blueberries are mostly over.  Not sure why that spot did not work for them.

In front of the cucumbers I've planted tatsoi.

The garlic bed got spinach and mesclun seeds.

At the end of one of the tomato beds is pak choi seeded.

Tomatoes looking better for the staking.

Lots of green ones yet to ripen.

Basil and peppers by the gate.


Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Wow! you certainly have worked hard and it is looking much improved. I see you rested a lot each time you stopped to take a photo!!! Glad you did. thanks for sharing.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, I'm back after a big birthday week. Trying to catch up a little on my blogging.

WOW---your garden looks great --and I'm so glad you have enjoyed some delicious veggies this year... Veggie/Fruit Gardening must be like Flower Gardening. Every year is different --depending upon the weather and other circumstances...


HolleyGarden said...

Your after looks great - and you're getting such wonderful harvests! I am trying to figure out what to put down to keep the weeds out of the pathways in my vegetable bed. I have tried plastic, and mulch, and nothing seems to be better than the other. Maybe if I found the time to weed, that would be the magic cure! ;)

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