Gardening: August Bounty

I took these photographs a few weeks ago but then the Fall semester started with a very busy faculty development week and I wasn’t able to post the until now. In the Spring when I did the planting it seemed like everything was small. It is hard to imagine what will happen in August – the plants become gigantic – more than one ever expects. Ask yourself this question – where does that mass come from??

Hidden Cucumber

Hidden Cucumber

It is such a delight to forage for what the garden has to offer. Vegetables hide from view to stay protected. Sometimes if you don’t find cucumbers early enough they grow to gigantic sizes – filling up with water. The harvest of cucumbers was excellent. I was able to share the bounty with friends. I learned a new recipe – simply slice them, add some fresh lemon juice, a dash of salt and pepper and enjoy!

Pond: August 2012

Pond: August 2012

The pond continues to be a challenge. Some wild animal has discovered the fish and comes to eat one from time to time. This creature, and I’ve never seen it, seems to leave the goldfish alone but gobbles up the coy. Today I have one coy left.

Herbs, Corn and Broccoli

Herbs, Corn and Broccoli

So far this summer we’ve enjoyed fresh beans, cumcumbers, corn, broccoli, herbs, strawberries, rasberries, tomatos, chili peppers, green peppers, celery, lettuce and potatoes. I would say that is a lot from an urban backyard!

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