While we were gone…

the garden took on a life of its own!

Especially the pumpkins!  We allowed for the space recommended on the package.  Apparently, we should have read it more this way, “I will take over half you garden space.  I will infiltrate your onions, potatoes, and even consider kissing your carrots.  I will climb the fence and go through the fence.  You can’t contain me!”  I am not complaining mind you.  I am amazed at how prolific the pumpkins are…I have lost count.

The weeds decided they’d hunker in as well.  God bless my Oak Tree!  He has been out there nearly every morning since we got home getting the weed issue back under control.  I love that man!!

There was a LOT of broccoli to harvest already…oh, it was so yummy and when I looked this morning, there may even be more ready soon.  Time to break out the blanching materials!

Not the best picture here, but the potatoes are going crazy, the cucumber that was just starting when we left was already more than half-way up the post.  We were only gone for eight days!  But it was really, really, REALLY warm…and humid while we were gone.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but we knew the cherries would be ready to pick when we got home, but the birds were already having a field day.  Maybe I should have just posted a sign, “FREE BUFFET! ALL BIRDS IN THE AREA EAT ALL MY CHERRIES.”  I think we have half a bucket in the fridge to get put up for jelly making in a few weeks.

I have to say, before we left for our trip I was concerned about how well our garden was going to produce this year, but God is so awesome, so amazing, and He stunned me once again by demonstrating His grace, His provision through a humble garden…WOW!

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2 thought on “While we were gone…”

  1. Heidi August 8, 2011 at 6:26 pmEditReply

    Wow! I love your garden., especially that cherry tree. Have you thought about tying shiny mylar strips or old cds to some branches all the way around it? I do that for my orchard and it really cuts down on the bird damage. Be sure to cut strips long enough to blow freely in the wind, but not so long that they get tangled up. Apparently, as sunlight hits them, they mirror light into birds eyes and create movement, scaring em’ off. You will still get some theft, but much less.

    • Melissa Kunze Post authorAugust 8, 2011 at 9:52 pmEditReply

      Thanks bunches! That is a great idea and I will have to remember it for next year. :O

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