We’ve been on vacation for almost two weeks, and I am surprised at how well the garden has held up. Before we left, Justin set the sprinklers so that they would come on for just a few minutes in each zone every day to make sure the garden area would get a little bit of water.
Well halfway through the trip I got a text from our next door neighbors that they noticed our sprinklers had been running for so long that there was water in the street so they shut off the sprinkler main. I text Justin’s parents who were taking care of the house (and our cat) for us, and his dad couldn’t figure out what was wrong so had to leave them off. I was worried we would come home to some completely fried plants with them not getting as much water as we had hoped. His dad still came over to water as he could for us, which helped. We are supposed to get a bunch of rain this weekend, so that should help as well.
Before we left, we were able to harvest a small squash and we sliced it up to have grilled squash with our grilled chicken for dinner that night.
Overall, though, most of the plants faired pretty well through the intense heat with us not here to look after them every day like we usually do. I think we have also learned the best place in our yard for the tomato plants. Look at the gorgeous ones growing in the boy’s garden areas! In the last couple of years, we’ve never had tomatoes grow well. Now we know where to plant them in the future as well!
I shouldn’t be surprised, but the mint has grown almost exponentially without us here to trim it back every few days! This weekend we will be working out in the garden on a few things, and that will be one of the things we get done. The onions are still growing and I think a few are getting close to being ready to harvest. In the meantime, I’ll continue to use the green part for garnish in the kitchen! Our pepper plants are finally starting to show, and the watermelon has grown quite a bit since we planted the seeds before leaving.
It’s getting so hot and late in the season that all of the Asiatic lilies have already bloomed. I don’t think we will get any more of the gorgeous flowers until next year. At least, I don’t remember them blooming again in the fall, but I guess we will find out! The canna lilies still have a lot of flowers, but from past experience, those will continue to flower throughout the summer and into the fall until it gets too cold for them. Our banana trees are still growing and there are more pups sprouting from the ground as well!
The blackberry bush seems to have almost doubled in size since we left for vacation. Or maybe it’s just a matter of not noticing the growth as much when you see it every day. There are a bunch of red berries that are getting close to ripe on the plant, I just hope we can get them before the birds do. Next year we may have to put a mesh net over so none of the critters take our berries.
The squash and zucchini plants are getting massive. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not at this point because they haven’t beared much at all this season. We may try trimming them back this weekend and see what happens. We also need to stake our tomato plants because they have fallen onto the squash, which could be another reason those aren’t producing as well as the ones in the boy’s gardens.
Our hanging plants from the front of the house need water daily, so before leaving we decided to move them to the backyard. We took down two of the lanterns from the pergola and put the plants on there. This kept them out of the sun a little, and we were hoping they would catch the water from the sprinklers. When we work in the garden we will move those back to the front again. Although, now that I’ve seen them, I really like the look of a few hanging plants on the pergola!
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