Things are growing right along in the garden. The second bean planting is blooming. This evening I harvested the first picking of beans and we ate them up for supper. In the photo above, the winter squash are in the foreground. These are acorn squash. The carrots are behind them.
The bachelor buttons are lovely. I never did thin them, yet the plants are producing bunches of flowers. They last for about a week as cut flowers, so pretty. I’m glad I decided to try growing these. They are very easy to cultivate.
The Jerusalem artichokes are in the background of the photo at left. They are nearly ready to start blooming. These plants are tenacious about sending out underground runners with new shoots. Baby sunchokes even try to grow in the lawn outside the garden fence. I have to work hard to keep them in their area.
Hot, humid weather with plenty of thunderstorm rain continues, encouraging the corn and cucurbits. Indian corn is well over my head, must be about seven feet tall. The tassels are formed and the ear silks are ready to receive pollen. On warm, still evenings, the scent of growing corn fills the garden.
Pumpkin and squash blooms attract wild honey and bumble bees in droves. The insects crawl inside the huge flowers and seem to just lie there. I wonder if there is so much nectar to gather that they rest while they suck it up.
All the pumpkins, squash and gourds are vining. The plants grow so fast I have to keep on top of pointing the vines in the right directions so they don’t spread across the lawn or into the beans and tomatoes.
The first nearly ripe tomato has been produced by the tomato jungle. I pick the first fruits early and finish the ripening in the house so little rodents won’t steal my tomatoes. Mice or voles have been helping themselves to my beans, eating large portions of any pods near the ground. For many years we had a canny in-and-outdoor cat who hunted the rodents in the garden and kept their numbers at bay. She passed away a few years ago at age eighteen and we have yet to find a replacement barn cat. The rodents have been working their way back into the garden ever since. I will have to try to trap the little devils because they steal lots of tomatoes, beans, squash and even carrots.