The past two summers were very wet. Plenty of rain meant we never needed to water our garden. This year has been hot and sunny and the children are thrilled that we have had to water the garden every day. It is still very dry — we need some rain.
The prairie plants on the hill don’t seem to mind the heat and lack of water — being native to this climate they are resilient. There is a stranger by the hill too;
Probably a weed or wildflower (same thing ?) but I like it so it stays. Leave a comment if you know what it is.
In the garden, the spelt, triticale and wheat were planted close together and even though we have nametags in the ground we can’t really tell them apart;
The kamut was planted on the other side — I think it is my favourite of the grains. It is much larger than the other similar kinds.
The oats seem to be doing very well too but as one of our new type of plant we have nothing to compare it to;
The soybeans are new to us too and I wasn’t sure if they were healthy but they are just beginning to produce some ‘fruit’;
I think the swiss chard looks great! These were leftover seeds from last year when our swiss chard drowned and didn’t produce anything edible.
The broccoli has replaced the kale from past years and proves to be a favorite for the cabbage worms/butterflies;
There are many tomatoes hidden deep inside the dense foilage;
And two purple jalapeno peppers;
And even some Bolivian Rainbow peppers which we moved here from our indoor garden. These plants were started way back in January and were the only survivors of the white fly infestation;
The corn is much shorter than last year — only about three feet tall so far — but we are hopeful;
We’ve even got some moonbeam squash starting to grow. Last year it was late September before this happened and it was too cold to grow any more;
The cucumber plants are nearing the top of the trellis;
But the winner of the battle for garden space must go to the zucchini;
I keep cutting them back so they don’t overshadow everything else. If all the flowers become actual zucchinis we will have hundreds of them. Therefore I’ve been encouraging the children to eat zucchini flowers — which most of them are eager to do;