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What's in Your Garden? (2013 edition)

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kazyeeqen

Superb Owl
Location
Idaho, USA
Sneaky zucchini! They are tricky, cause the stalks look so much like the zukes sometimes. And they'll get all overgrown in no time flat!

Mmmm... grilled zucchini.
 
They were hiding and we didn't see them until they were huge. Just been grilling them, the big fat pieces take on a nice texture and when marinated a little beforehand get good flavor too.
That used to happen in my mom's garden all the time, hidden monster zucchini. When I visited friends, I had to bring a bag of zucchini or tomatoes or whatever we had too much of. Once I brought some zucchini and one was huge, and my friend's brother was making jokes.
 

KLS52

“SnarkMaster”
My butterfly bush has started to bloom. I've been seeing some swallowtail butterflies and hummingbird moths. The garden has become somewhat overgrown with weeds and the fact that I never really put it together properly when I first planted. I pulled some weeds this afternoon. Hoping to be ambitious enough, this weekend, to clean it up more.
 

Tom

Addicted Poster
Location
Upstate New York
I didn't plant any zukes this year but my neighbors bought a share in a Community-Supported Agriculture program this year. They're a family of 4, but even so, they're getting overwhelmed by how much produce they've had delivered. Thjey gave me some of what they couldn't eat, including two summer squashes. I'm going to grate one of them, mix it with grated potato, and see what sort of potato-zucchini pancake it makes.

Second thought: the blossom end is a bit soft. I don't know if I want to eat it, but I suppose if I cut enough of the end off, any rotten parts will be gotten rid of.

There were scallions, beets, anise, chard, and cucumbers in their shipment too. I cooked the beets and am eating them (I'd never had them fresh before) but I don't much care for them. I went on;ine for instructions on how to cook them- they're a lot like the canned beets we used to have sometimes when I was growing up.
 

Tom

Addicted Poster
Location
Upstate New York
The grated potato/zucchini pancakes were pretty good! Just grated whole potato and grated zucchini, both rinsed off before grating- about half as much zucchini as potato- cooked on a griddle with a little vegetable oil.
 

RabbitLuvr

I love rabbits.
Location
Rabbitville, USA
I thought Mr Stripey was a goner, but I tied him up yesterday and saw three baby tomatoes. Now Brandywine is looking... less than healthy. Juliette has weird curly leaves but a zillion tomatoes. Next year I might try pruning the tomato plants; they're just out of control.

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I've got a lot of peppers coming on.

Banana
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Poblano
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Jalapeño
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yally

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I'm having a great time doing some repotting in my mum's garden this weekend. Doing it in a pale blue dressing gown makes it feel all the more therapeutic ;)

Will post some pics in a bit.
 

KLS52

“SnarkMaster”
My garden is a mess. :(
Everything is overgrown. It happens every year. I didn't know what I was doing when I started it several years ago. Too many really tall plants and, of course, they are all in the front. So even though it was lacking color in the beginning of the season, at least I had it looking semi neat and tidy. I just don't have the ambition to dig things up and sort it all out.

I wish I could hire someone to do it for me but we have other pressing issues that need to be taken care of, like the dangerously tall pine tree that looks like it is about to fall on my neighbor's house. :(
 

yally

Addicted Poster
Ok, spoilers for picture heaviness. Can't tell you how good getting a bit of garden time has been for my brain health.

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Cramped plants need more space!!

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Happier lupins now they're in bigger pots.

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Butterfly enjoying the lavender. Not pictured: bumbley bees also happy in the lavender.

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Stretching out in their big new pots. I don't know what they all are, I think there are lupins, hollyhocks and persimmons.

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Different angle.

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Some grapes doing their grape thing.

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This is a plant.

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Pretend rain makes some rainbows.

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Maybe you can see some bees, also dog's bum.

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Bramley apple tree.
 

yally

Addicted Poster
Thank you! I wish I could stick around to enjoy it! Next time I'll be coming up to help plant them in the garden :)
 

Tom

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Location
Upstate New York
My okra hasn't done well at all. I'm thinking that maybe my plants in general aren't doing so well this year because last year I didn't have any rabbit manure to fertilize them with. I'm not ready to adopt another animal right now (not that I would get an animal just for his/her poo...) I don't know though- I put plenty of leaves and fruit/vegetable trimmings on my soil. Surely that has the same basic nutrients as manure would- less concentrated maybe, but then I just need to use more.

I'm picking cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and picked two acorn squash. One of the squash looks like it got gnawed on, but so long as I cook it before it gets moldy, I think it should be okay. I've started a late run of broccoli in starter pots of soil- it's warm enough to plant the seed in the ground, of course, but maybe if I fuss over them a bit before planting them out, they'll do better than the ones I seeded directly in the ground did.
 

RabbitLuvr

I love rabbits.
Location
Rabbitville, USA
My dwarf okras are producing like crazy and I can't keep up with eating them.

Fresh salsa is pretty much always in the fridge right now, as the grape tomatoes are CRAZY. The other two tomatoes are doing poorly. :(

I think I'm past the main crop of jalapeños, but the poblanos are starting to come on. I have five right now that I need to do something with.
 

CrazyCatLady

World Class Member
What's in my garden...?
Hundreds of big fat brown slugs...with these massive holes in the sides of their heads! How have I got through 25 years of my life and never seen or known about these lol xxx
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kibbleforlola

Lola Worshiper
Spoilered because the pics are huge.


We chopped down the basil plants in the front flower bed. So much basil! We made pesto. We have enough to freeze and it will last us a long while.


The tomatoes we've picked over the last few days, plus some ruby red peppers.
 

Tom

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Location
Upstate New York
For me, the question is now more like: "What is my garden in?" The answer is, "My house!" I've taken cuttings of tomato plants and marigolds (two of each), rooted them, and have them in pots in a BIG south-facing window. I'm going to have 3 pepper plants and a rosemary plant as well, and two large Clivia houseplants which stay indoors all year long. I might try some herbs indoors too.
 
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