Saturday, August 25, 2012

Around Home: My Parents' Garden

Here's an update on my parents' garden!  It seems that every year at this point in the summer, the garden has started to look awful but continues to produce beautiful fruits and vegetables.  Have you experienced this too?  The squash leaves have all turned yellow and withered, the tomato plants look wilty and unruly, and the watermelon looks like it died (actually, it may have.  My mom stopped watering a few days ago because a rabbit had three babies in our melon patch!).  Not to mention that squash bugs and Mexican bean beetles have unfortunately moved in on the zucchini and green beans.  Nevertheless, the harvest I made on Thursday shows that things are still going strong.  I got a large bag of tomatoes, three cucumbers, four eggplants, some unchewed green beans, two green peppers, a handful of jalapeno peppers, a butternut squash, and a watermelon!

Despite the withering foliage, two things are still looking as beautiful as ever - the sunflowers and the peppers.  Two of the sunflowers, which are all at least 7 feet tall, have bloomed finally, and the rest are well on their way.  Also, the pepper plants are all still green, luscious, and untouched by any garden pests.  We've never had luck with peppers before, as they've only ever produced one or two peppers each, but perhaps the un-Michigan-like heat and dryness of the summer have helped!
Another shot of the Thursday night harvest.
The garden, August 23
The first sunflower blossom
The pepper plants are loving this heat.

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