Garden Update ~ “Just the Right Amount of Too Much”

Today’s garden post comes to you courtesy of 86°F and 68% humidity Kalamazoo. Pretty sticky, but plants love it even if the gardener doesn’t!

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, noting only that the backyard spontaneous trellising continues. I have beans and cucumbers coiling around everything from trellises to sunflowers to amaranth to tomato cages. It’s messy, but somehow works.

I feel guilty pleasure watching all those white cabbage moths trying soooo hard to get inside that mesh cage and decimate my Garden Tower’s brassicas with eggs and caterpillars. For some reason, this makes me smile as much as having so much produce growing in a tiny footprint.

The front yard looks equally lush and crazy:

This purple kale dwarfs some of our shrubs:

Looking towards the garage …

… and towards the house:

I’m also happy these black eyed Susan’s by the mailbox bloomed in their first year. I didn’t expect flowers until next year.

You can see how dry the grass is due to these hot and humid days. We don’t worry too much about that, as grass is a totally unproductive crop unless you farm sheep and cattle. 🙂

For anyone who feels sad that they missed the boat on this year’s garden: you still have time to plant for Fall in the Northern Hemisphere. I seeded some Giant Noble Spinach yesterday and plan to do so again in a couple weeks. I’ve also got new edamame plants sprouting up from a week or so ago. Come mid-August, I plan to seed more arugula, some super-cold-hardy lettuce varieties, and sugar snap peas. I’ve got several heads of purple cabbage trying to deal with the heat because I seeded those a few weeks too soon.

Oops! Even longer term gardeners make mistakes. That’s the beauty of gardening. If you mess up, you can start again. Not everything produces or even lives, but if you seed and plant a wide variety of crops, SOMETHING will thrive. If you’re a lazy gardener like me (yes, really, I am!), you’ll never need to start cilantro, miner’s lettuce, or parsley again. Just allow them to re-seed. Add in a bunch of perennial herbs, bulbs and flowers, and you can have a full garden year after year without anywhere near the effort it looks like you made. 🙂

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jane Derbenwick on August 6, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Very lovely prolific garden! ❤️

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