Summer Gardens

Summer arrived, precisely on schedule on the Solstice. It has been hot and humid since then. Not my favorite season. I know basil and tomatoes like it, but personally, temperatures near or above 90F are way too hot for me. I have never liked it, not even as a child. But it is part of living in New England. We get extreme heat in the summer and extreme cold in the winter. I am always amazed that anything survives here.

A walk around the gardens shows a shift. The spring plants are unhappy in the heat, while the summer plants are coming into their own.

The spinach is done. The peas are going.

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We have a few pea pods left, but no new flowers. It is too hot for them.

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The lettuce is still beautiful, but it can bolt quickly in this heat. The garlic I planted in the Fall is almost ready.

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The broccoli heads are just starting.

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The green beans are up and climbing up the poles and the nasturtiums are looking very happy.

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We have a baby cucumber! And there are lots more flowers.

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The strawberries are ripening! They are still a bit tart so I am trying to be patient and give them a few more days.

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Flowers have appeared on the tomato plants.

But it is not all good news.

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Something is eating the eggplant and it isn’t growing very well.

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The pumpkins have some yellow leaves. I suspect they are too wet. They are in a wet area. Usually it is only wet in the spring, but we have had lots of rain this year. They are raised up a bit so I thought they would be alright. But the yellow leaves are not a good sign. They do have green leaves as well though and they are growing so I will hope for the best.

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Potato plants have magically appeared in the potato patches….

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…..but a few have shriveled….no idea why. I hope some survive.

But….

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…these volunteer raspberries are looking promising.

And we have a volunteer tree that blossomed for the first time this year.20130623-123453.jpg
And something is growing. We had thought it was some kind of apple, but when the Arborist from the electric company was here, he thought it was a pear tree. I have never had a fruit tree before so I have no idea. We will just have to wait and see.

The gardens are ever changing. It is hard to believe that it was only a few months ago that any new growth seemed miraculous. Now things are so lush and green. Fruits and vegetables that were just a hope in the spring, are now growing and ripening. And we are literally eating the fruits of our labor. It is such an amazing process. As the summer goes on I am sure there will be more wonderful treats…and probably a few disappointments.

And I can’t wait!

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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2 Responses to Summer Gardens

  1. It all looks wonderful! Good luck!

  2. You have so much on the go, well done. Those transitions between seasons are always a little strange, to see some things dying and others are just hitting their stride! It never ceases to amaze me at the variety in nature.

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