Things have really begun to take off over the last couple of weeks (as I’m sure you can see from the progression of pictures in last week’s post).  Well, more of the same this week.  We’ve begun taking produce home.  Not much for now, just some radishes and a zucchini, but it’s progress.  As you can see in the pictures we’re about to start having cucumbers and tomatoes as well…lots and lots of both.  What you can’t see is that we’re also seeing tons of green beans and lemon cucumbers and have also seen our first watermelons and pumpkins beginning to form.  The corn is booming (now up to over 5 feet tall) and there are flowers on everything (signifying that it is preparing to fruit).  We now have 4 large potato plants and are slowly filling in the trench seen earlier as they grow.  It won’t be long until the trench is filled in completely.  Other things including celery, carrots, eggplant, and all the peppers are making progress, but don’t really warrant any focus yet.

Notice the heads sticking up from behind the corn.  Yeah…..that’s how tall it is.

Left: Cucumbers…these are the same cucumbers I highlighted last week.  Center: Melons and Sunflowers.  The spreaders are watermelons and honeydew while the taller plants will all be giant sunflowers.  Right: Pumpkins…lots and lots of pumpkins.

I don’t believe I’ve mentioned this before but everything in our garden is also organic.  No chemicals, pesticides, or artificial fertilizers.  This presents some challenges when it comes to pests though.  We’re already doing things like planting marigolds and garlic around plants (natural pest repellents), getting ladybugs, and spraying occasionally with organic pesticides (means spraying things with what amounts to sesame oil).  Certainly not as full proof and deadly to them as I’m sure chemicals are, but we’re trying to take the moral high ground here.