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August 5, 2010

Garden Update

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Harvest time has begun here in my veggie garden.  I mentioned the cucumbers last week.  I’ve been picking zucchini for several weeks already.  This week I’ve gotten to eat my summer garden favorite, tomatoes.  Cayenne peppers have also been ripening fairly regularly.


…and Thai Dragons are coming along.

Have you ever seen these hot peppers growing before?  Isn’t it strange how they grow upwards?

My bell peppers are a bit further behind…

…but at least it appears I will get some this year, unlike last summer.

Remember my story earlier this year about the only surviving seedlings that I started?  I am shocked to discover that I may actually get to eat watermelon from my garden this year!

According to information I’ve read, icebox watermelons are supposed to be 6-10 pounds at maturity.  I’ve never grown edible sized melons, so I don’t know what to expect for size.  I took this picture to try to give you some idea of the size…

(I do have relatively large feet for a woman! Size 9 1/2)  Any ideas whether this is close to eating size?

Not all of my plants are in tip-top condition, but at the very least it appears I will be able to harvest some of everything I planted this year.  That’s a definite improvement over last years woeful garden, due to an extremely wet summer here in New England in 2009.   I’m happy so far – especially with those tomatoes!  Delicious!  I should have taken a picture of the one I sliced up to go with my lunch today ( or with my dinner last night) to share with you, but I ate it too quickly!


  1. Totally jealous, Karma!!

    The critters have not been kind to my garden – and it is fenced! We think we have a raccoon who raids it most nights. I had the most adorable white eggplant growing. That is, until it was chewed up! Aaaaargh!

    At least we will get some pickling cukes (love those!) and the tomatoes that the raccoon is too lazy to reach. I caught a Catbird eating the tomato flowers today. What is up with that?? Sadly, no zucchini as our masked bandit ate ALL the flowers!

    No idea on the watermelon but that is very cool. Maybe you can weigh it??

    (I have pink toenails, too!) 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — August 5, 2010 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • In some ways it seems your wildlife sanctuary of a yard has backfired on you a bit! I hope you get enough veggies to enjoy – are there any good farmers’ markets in your area?
      I don’t think I have anything I can bring out to the garden to put it on! I use my Wii balance board if I really want to know what I weigh (uh, no thank you! 😉 )
      Tis definitely the season for pink toenails!

      Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

      • Yes, the critters are being so VERY rude, aren’t they?

        Yes, we have farmers’ markets but there is just something so rewarding about growing and picking your OWN food. I picked our first cuke this morning – yeah!

        You don’t have a kitchen scale?

        Comment by milkayphoto — August 6, 2010 @ 11:01 am

      • Nope, no kitchen scale. Never felt the need to weigh stuff in the kitchen.

        Comment by Karma — August 6, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

  2. What a wonderful garden you have! Mine is so full of weeds that I’m not sure where the veggies are anymore. lol! (Maybe not quite THAT bad but verging on it.)

    Love the pic with your toes. It’s good to see someone else using their feet for identification and sizing purposes. 😉

    Comment by Robin — August 5, 2010 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

    • There’s definitely weeds in mine too, but not too wicked so far! That seems to be one good thing about all the oppressive heat we’ve had this year though; it is holding the weeds back a bit I think.
      My toes were the first thing I could think of that would be at a good focusing distance for the picture! 🙂

      Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t even HAVE a garden! That’s OK with me, at least I don’t have to be out there, weeding and watering it in this awful heat.
    Your tomatoes look sooo good! As does everything else 🙂
    I had the same thought as Tracy, maybe you can weigh the watermelons? I bet those are going to be good, too!

    Comment by thedailyclick — August 5, 2010 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

    • Oops, meant to hit the “reply” button for you for the comment below here!

      Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  4. I don’t know if I’d want a garden either living where you live, Michaela! But I wonder, can you grow things there when its not so awful out, like fall? I would always want to grow tomatoes no matter where I lived, even if it was just in containers on the deck.

    Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

  5. What a luscious looking harvest! I’ve never heard of Thai Dragons before! Last week hubby brought home some zucchini from a workmate’s garden and it tasted so good! Better than anything we can buy in the grocery store. Will you be making eggplant Parmesan? Growing your own veggies must be very rewarding!

    Comment by Barbara — August 5, 2010 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

    • Eggplant are one thing I’m not growing this year. I haven’t had much luck with those in the past.
      Thai Dragons are a spicy little number! My husband likes to make hot sauce, and I love garden fresh salsa! Mmm, can’t wait til I have enough of everything for that!

      Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

      • Oh dear! I thought I saw an eggplant in the first photo! On closer examination I see my mistake. 🙂 Garden fresh salsa sounds scrumptious!

        Comment by Barbara — August 5, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

      • Some of my zucchini get to be just a bit on the large size! 😉

        Comment by Karma — August 5, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

  6. I don’t know about Dallas but gardens work pretty well down here in Houston. Lots of photographs in those delicious looking things…

    Comment by burstmode — August 5, 2010 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

    • Delicious they are! Always sad when the season ends.

      Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

  7. Your garden looks great! We are getting a few zukes and yellow squash here and there and had our first tomatoes last night. Nothing beats fresh tomatoes! I took pictures that I may post on my blog tomorrow.

    I’ve never grown watermelon. How fun! I have pepper for the first time after several tries. It’s been mostly a good year for the garden.

    Comment by Becky Sue — August 5, 2010 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • Thanks! If those watermelon continue to grow it will be a first. I’m really hoping we get to enjoy them.

      Comment by karma — August 5, 2010 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  8. Great looking garden. I love peppers of all kinds and the photo with your petite foot!

    Comment by Tammy McLeod — August 6, 2010 @ 12:43 pm | Reply

    • Ha, ha, ha, hee, hee! No one has ever called MY feet petite! 😀

      Comment by karma — August 6, 2010 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

  9. NICE garden! My peppers are WAY behind and that watermelon looks SO good. It probably could stay there for a bit, but it is definitely getting close to picking time!

    Comment by plainmama — August 8, 2010 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • Thank you! I’ll have to decide about the watermelon soon because we’ll be leaving for vacation in a few days. Glad you stopped by the blog!

      Comment by Karma — August 9, 2010 @ 8:30 am | Reply

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