Friday, July 19, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?












A few days ago, I alluded to some exciting news in our home.  To give you some more of the details, we are uprooting our small homestead and moving to Southern NH at the end of August.  We knew this move was possible, but the time was a little unsure, and all of a sudden it is happening much faster than we expected.  Of course knowing we might leave didn't stop me from putting in the garden this spring, but I am feeling a bit hesitant at the idea of leaving behind all the potential bounty.

Luckily many of the crops will come in before we leave and I am gearing up to harvest and preserve as much as possible before we head off.  It is our first year with fruit on the trees and we may just get a few pears, quince and peaches in the next month.  While the tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers are looking great - many of the winter squash plants are struggling in this summers weather.  In these hot days much of our gardening is getting done in the early mornings.  There is something wonderful about being out there in those relatively quiet hours.

Our biggest challenge this year (besides the squash) is the sheer number of Japanese Beetles that are attacking many of the plants.  I could spend all day walking around plucking them off of my raspberry bushes, grape vines and beans.

How's your garden growing this week?
Check out some of these great photos of other people's gardens from this week and share some of your own in the gardening flickr group.




What's growing in your garden this week?
 

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 3 ways:
  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week - I will try to grab a few photos each week to share on my post.  Please include the date, a general location and your name so I can give you the proper credit.
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the move, so exciting! So happy that it didn't stop you from gardening this year :)

    Enjoy your weekend.

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  2. Your gardens look great! Our home garden isn't producing too much this year, but the school garden is producing like crazy! It's a little surprising because the plants for both gardens came from my greenhouse, and the school garden has been overrun with beetles, squash bugs and every other pet imaginable (not one pest at my home garden, probably thanks to the ducks).

    Congratulations on your move, we may be (state) neighbors someday as we are considering moving to southern Vermont!

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  3. We are having a time with the Japanese beetles as well! I've seen some homemade cayenne pepper sprays you can make to get rid of them, but I haven't tried that out yet. So exciting about your move! I bet it will be so hard to leave all your hard work in the garden behind, but know you are onto bigger and better things :)

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  4. So happy for you! Can't wait to see what will grow in your new garden! Happy harvesting!

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  5. My favorite time to garden is the early mornings as well. It sometimes feels like I am up before the plants are. It is such a peaceful time of the day.

    I am glad you are going to be able to harvest some of your garden before you move...that would be such a shame to leave it all behind after all your hard work. Wishing you a smooth move.

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  6. Moving is always exciting especially to southern NH. I live in southern NH and love it. Well all but late winter months when u long for the warm weather. Welcome to the neighborhood. :)

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    1. I'm from Southern Maine - so it's like moving home!

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  7. So exciting!

    You have a beautiful garden and I am glad I am not the only one battling the pests this year...

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  8. Those peaches look incredible--I would be eating as many as possible!

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  9. Welcome to NH, even if you aren't here yet. I live in southern NH as well, but on the east coast side. Love it here. We moved here about 5 years ago.

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