Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Recap

I really slacked off on the ol' blog this month!  Here's a few pictures from the last month- basically  just wildlife and gardening.

Turkeys on our property.  The one on the right has little ones behind her.
Titus dug a hole...
... and stuck his head in it.  He doesn't dig very often, but he was after something this day.
Can you find the fox in this picture?  And look- some water in our pond!
Fox again!
And again!  We think this is one of the young ones we saw earlier this summer.  It likes to play with grasshoppers.

We also found a small turtle in our yard.  I thought he was cute.  We also have baby frogs coming out of our pond now- so fun!
Spaghetti squash.  We think we have 2 different varieties, what do you think? ;)
Spaghetti (made with spaghetti squash) and topped with fried zucchini chips.  Mmm!
Cantaloupe- oh so yummy!
More treats from our garden.  This has been our most successful gardening year in TX!
Oh yeah- I also had a birthday, and our sweet friends made me this lemon cake.  It was soooo good!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2013 Garden, Part 5- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The good news is that we are now harvesting something other than squash!  We've picked tomatoes, cucumbers, honeydew, green beans, okra and bell pepper now!
The bad news is that the grasshoppers and squash bugs are rapidly multiplying and getting quite healthy off our plants.  Here are some pictures.  We'll start with the good :)
Overall the garden looks pretty good.  7-2-13  Potatoes on the left are falling over.
Honeydew, cucumbers and green beans
Our first bell pepper and okra of the year are in this group.
We've got watermelon coming!
Corn is looking pretty good, but something is nibbling on the ends of the cobs :(
Honeydew and cantaloupe are taking over!
Bell peppers are getting big!
Looks like we'll have some nice pumpkins this fall!  This one is about 1 1/2 times the size of a basketball.
Tomatoes are filling up the cages (along with some wandering cantaloupe vines)!

Now for the bad and really ugly...
Cucumber plants are looking pretty pitiful :(
Spaghetti squash is taking a hit too.
I'm surprised we're getting any green beans at all with our plants looking like this!
Squash bug damage to the pumpkins.  So sad.
Even though things are starting to look bad, this is still our best garden so far in Texas.  A huge part of me wishes we had tried raising guineas this year to combat the grasshoppers.  Oh well.  At least the weeds are under control!