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a new friend

I must confess, I’ve let the weeds get away from me. I took a couple of weekends off, and now the the beds — especially the onion and kale bed — are overgrown with crab grass, clover, and other unwelcome additions. I found one unexpected visitor, however, that was quite exciting.

zipper spider! (argiope)
zipper spider! (argiope)

Also known as a “writing spider” these black-and-yellow arachnids are a good sign in the garden: they eat other bugs and are not dangerous to humans. I left that little patch completely undisturbed, and thanked the little dude for letting me take so many pictures.

check out the cool zig-zag web design
check out the cool zig-zag web design
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A summer’s day

taking a walk
taking a walk
cumulonimbus
cumulonimbus
partner in crime
partner in crime
trouble brewing
trouble brewing

 

 

 

Dispatches from the garden: July 5

One thing I haven’t had to worry about this year is watering the garden, which is a nice change after years and years of drought.

red cabbage [whorls]
When I have time to get out into the garden these days, I spend my time weeding and looking for pests. The eggplants are finally big enough to resist the flea beetles, but the brassicas are definitely being eaten by all manner of critters.

kale, radicchio, and nasturtiums

There are flowers, but, like every year, I wish there were more.

nigella
obligatory hydrangea bloom
day lily

My biggest experiment this year is coming along, though I fear that lack of sun and poor soil may be slowing growth in the Three Sisters’ Garden.

Three sisters: Corn, beans and squash

The corn is about 3 feet tall, and the pole beans are starting to climb the stalks.

Kentucky Wonder pole beans climbing the corn

The squash plants are still quite young, so they’re not shading the roots just yet, but I’m hoping that, as they mature, they’ll keep the weeds down. As it is, I’m engaged in a war with crab grass, and it’s winning.

Not pictured are my tomato plants, which aren’t doing as well as they have in past years. I suspect that a little crop rotation next year would help – even though I’ve done my best to amend the soil, they’re probably still lacking some basic nutrient – assuming it’s not plain old sunlight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the rains came

Young kale plants
Young kale plants

I snapped these pictures before Tropical Storm Andrea dumped inches upon inches of rain on our area.

Foxgloves

These foxgloves lost a lot of their petals in the last couple of days, and they need to be staked. I’m really hoping that they’ll re-seed themselves, because I love these plants.

San Marzano tomato blooms

The San Marzano (a gift from some green-thumbed friends) is the most mature of my tomato plants. It looks like fresh fruit may be just around the corner.

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