Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weirdness in the Garden

unidentified squash plant
2014 Spring Season has been weird. We have had a cold, long winter and a very mild summer. Everything got off to a slow start because the cold weather lingered. The cucumbers and tomatoes were not happy, but finally took off.

I had some volunteer plants come up this year. An unidentified squash plant of some sort decided to take root. I let it go, because I was interested to see what it would be. It never formed a mature fruit of any kind and the stupid squash vine borer got it, so I yanked it. It was huge and went all the way around the back of the garden box, around the side and to the front. I also go a volunteer tomato that I yanked because it was in a shady part of the garden.

yellow eggplant off of a "Black Beauty" eggplant

I planted a "Black Beauty" eggplant and got bright yellow small fruit. I think it was mislabeled. I'm sad because I really wanted some large purple eggplant slices this year to grill. They are so delicious. Now I have to figure out what to do with these small yellow things. I've sent a question off to the Harris County Extension office to see if others are having problems with mislabeling.

Finally, I've seen several large RATS running around the backyard fence. We recently had a lot of road construction that included knocking down a large forested area near our subdivision. Well, the rats have to go somewhere. They are enjoying the free organic buffet in my backyard. So gross. I haven't had a full-sized tomato in weeks. They are eating the green ones off the vine. I'm working on getting rid of them. They are a nuisance and carry disease. I also don't want them taking up residence in my house. They have to go.

Check out the rest of the garden pictures!

beginnings of a personal size watermelon
delicious cucumbers
overview of back gardens -
the Cypress tree is giving too much shade

sweet millions is such a good producer with sweet cherry tomatoes

pepper plants produce well in the heat

I can't believe I am still picking green beans!

Beautiful garden with a mixture of everything!

check out the purple basil!

I tried onions this year. Doing well!

my one and only cantaloupe was delicious!

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