Garden updates

Last week I got out in the garden to tackle some weeds that had started taking over the fence.  See what I mean…

You couldn’t even see the garden! So. Many. Vines.  And unfortunately, that area where they are all growing is actually wire fencing that goes along the inside and higher than the wood fencing.  And those nasty vines went in and out, in and out of all the wiring.  Let’s just say getting those vines off the fence took quite a while!!  A few hours into the process, I had this mess…

And thankfully the other side wasn’t as bad.  So by the end of the day, we finally had a clean garden again…

And here’s how all the veggies are doing lately.  First of all, the cucumber vines are either dying off cause it’s the end of their season, or this dang heat wave is just taking them out.  The tomato plants out there are filled with green tomatoes, and we just keep waiting for them to ripen up!  We’ve picked about 4 green peppers so far (and made meatloaf!)  The strawberries are doing nothing!  Maybe next year.  The cherry tomatoes on the deck are exploding with goodies!  We pick at least 6-8 cherry tomatoes every couple of days.  We actually had enough to fill a salad the other night! And the pear tree is filled with pears just waiting to be picked (but not quite yet!).

 But the most exciting part of the garden these days is the melon side.  WE FINALLY HAVE MELONS!!  I’m gonna be honest.  I was a little skeptical whether we could actually grow watermelons and canteloup.  And then the other day (after tackling all the de-weeding as mentioned above), I noticed this tiny little guy!

And then (it just keep getting more exciting!!), this week I did a little more digging around in the vines and I found all these little melons growing…

 
 

Can you believe it!?  And as you can see, the grape vines are doing pretty well also.  So what’s my next project?  Well, we have about 30 cucumbers in the fridge, so I’ve been pinning a few pickle recipes on Pinterest.  So I may be trying my hand at canning in the near future.  Gosh, I wish my dear Nana was still alive.  She could teach me so much about all this!  I hate that she passed away just as I was getting to this stage of my life.  She used to do so much canning, and boy could she make some awesome pears and apples!  Oh if only I had her by my side to teach me all of this. 

Until next time!