Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Garden has been given a second chance at summer.

Glory to God the garden has had a much needed reprieve from the early fall weather and we've been back into summer for the last couple of weeks. When the fall weather hit in mid-August we went to work to cover the tomatoes that just do not like wet leaves and cool weather. It is the bane of tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest. Here is the big tent we built. It turned out much bigger than I had anticipated so I'm hoping to use it all winter to grow a salad garden throughout the winter!

To the right of the big tent you'll see the other tent we have over other tomatoes. There are 3 other tents that are pretty flimsy and just thrown over cages in order to keep them dry and bring warmth during the day. It all seems to work well. You can really feel the heat pour out of the even the little tents that aren't completely enclosed. The big tent gets downright hot, but the tomatoes love it. The weather is suppose to turn this week and I'm worried that it will stop the growth and there is quite a bit of growing and ripening to do yet.

Here are some tomatoes inside one of the smaller hoop houses. They look great. Below you'll our funky tomato plant. I don't know the variety for sure, I think it is stupice from Territorial Seed Company. We get the funkiest shapes off of this plant.

Corn! We have corn! Last year nothing became of our corn but this year it seems to be doing great! I tried something different that I read in a magazine and I planted a bean seed at the base of each corn stalk. If you look closely you'll see the vine growing up the stalk and there are flowers on it!

Speaking of beans! Our beans are doing great! I'm picking everyday for us to eat and I have one bed that I'm leaving to do a big picking in a day or 2 to freeze some! yeah!

Last but not least......
This one is for you my love!

It really isn't that big of a spider but my camera does well with closeups. Look at the hair on those legs.


JamesoftheNorthwest said...

Hey now...you know I've gotten over much of my arachnophobia since we moved....none-the-less: NASTY!

Bluecanopy said...

HA! There's the answer to my question :)

Guess I should "read before typing"


Looks great.