Here's a few photos of the garden today...
This is my greenbean, dill, basil, and lettuce garden. I just replanted the lettuce since the older heads are starting to bolt. I planted a heat tolerant variety and will also be putting a shade over it soon. It's also close to the house to shade it during the hotter parts of the day.
This is my greenbean patch. I also have some carrots and beets but they don't grow well in hot weather. I'll replant those for the fall/winter garden later in the summer. The greenbeans have been great this year! I'm having a stinkbug problem but am still getting lots of beans. I've kept the garden organic this year and the bug population thanks me.LOL! I'm still trying to fight them but it's not going too great.
Here's the cucumber bed. I got so many cukes this year! Unfortunately, we've been attacked by the dreaded pickleworm and I need to decide if I'm going to treat it with Seven, or if I'll try BT first. BT is organic but has had limited success. Sevin is not organic but is usually more successful. I'd love to get more pickles out of this season though, so I need to decide on something!lol
Here's my pepper and tomato plants. Now, they've also been attacked by stinkbugs but they seem to do ok anyway. The aphids have been the hardest bug to fight with these plants. I've used ladybugs and an organic soap spray but the rain keeps washing the bugs off for me and they are still thriving. It has definitely taken a toll on productivity but we're still getting more tomatoes than we can comfortably eat in a week's time so I guess I don't mind sharing.lol
Here's my soybeans...We got hit by hail this week for over an hour and it tore holes in all the leaves. I'm hoping that they will bounce back. We'll see. :)
Here's a close-up of the pods and some of the leaves...
As I said in a previous post, this has been a good year for gardening! What a blessing to feed the kids out of our gardens and know that the food didn't have pesticides on them. It's been hard work but for the most part, it's been fun. Not fun to cut the caterpillars off the tomatoes or fight the other bugs, but the weeding and tending has been a joy to me. I'm hoping that each year will be easier as I learn more about gardening.