It has been some time since I've posted anything about my make-shift suburban garden. For the most part there has not been much to add since the garden has been... well... growing. I haven't been adding to it, but I'm letting this year's growth run it's course and am making plans for next year.
Oh, do I have tomatoes. This picture was taken last week. This week the tomatoes are about red in colour and are all over the vines. It is at the point where I have jokingly suggested growing pigs so I can grow my own bacon and tomato sandwiches.
I might actually get some grapes this year! I don't speak too much about the grapes because I really do not give them much tending. I bought my first pair of grape bushes years ago - I want to say 7 or 8 years ago - when my oldest son was obviously younger. The first couple years the grape vines grew, struggled, died. It was a repeating pattern: grow, struggle, die. The cycle of life.
It had gotten to the point where I usually just let the vines do what they want (which was to die), but I never had the heart to actually pull them out because of the emotional attachment I have with them to my son. This year I decided to give them a little more love and began to feed and fertilize them again, and it might actually pay off with a couple bunches of grapes!
The amount of vines and leaves necessary to grow a bunch of grapes is astounding, by the way.
My corn is growing really well, and I'm thrilled about this. More than the corn, I want the corn stalks for autumn.
I am, literally, growing this corn in left-over cat litter buckets. They are just the right size to hold a yard of soil, and seem to be just the right size to grow a stalk of corn. You can see the corner of one of the buckets in the next picture. My make-shift corn field is definitely going to grow in size next year.
I planted some pumpkin seeds in June, late in the season for pumpkins, and was concerned that I was too late.
This is how they looked a month ago.
This is how they look now.
@bdmillergallery, if/when these begin to fruit, I'll gladly trade you a pumpkin for a watermelon. I just need to keep the squirrels and birds away! I covered them with a net this weekend, and think now it might be time for a scarecrow!
My mint has not dissapointed. I have multiple varieties and I've started to harvest and dry.
Here are a few handfuls of Berries and Cream mint.
Washed, picked, and placed on a dehydrating tray they look like this.
And, dehydrated, they begin to look like this.
I have a really neat herb holder that I've earmarked for mint. I definitely have enough variety to fill all five pockets.
The big issue with the dehydrating process is that it takes sooo looooooong to do. At a bare minimum I dehydrate the mint for 12 hours at 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I have some other herbs to do as well, but the mint is my favourite; I like to mix it with teas, and I can assure you, it works really well!
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