My garden has gone feral. In a way it's a relief, but it's an odd realization that all of my planning, preening and care is in many ways completely irrelevant. Throughout the summer, life gets in the way of my good gardening intentions, and I'm left with little choice but to allow my garden to thrive on neglect. (Oh... did you think you were the only one?)
With vacations, a busy work schedule and old-fashioned summer laziness taking up my time, I've been able to let the garden just... be. To my chagrin, it remains lush and productive without my intervention. Who knew? Yes, the tomatoes are out of control. Yes, that IS a bolted, flowering head of lettuce in the middle of the photo. But that's ok.
Here are some additional pictorial updates. Summer madness - it's good stuff!
Carrots, mixed beans and thyme for the dinner table.
A 'Dusty' eggplant. It was a 'cheater' I planted in mid-July when I realized that my 'Little Fingers' were definitely not going to reach fruiting size this season. A good score from the garden center saves the day... there's nothing wrong with a back-up plan! I don't feel guilty!
Another ringer. 'Sweet Cherry Pick' peppers I bought at the same time as the eggplant, just because I couldn't resist. C'mon, look how cute!
'Bright Lights' swiss chard. Indeed!
Remember how I planted some watermelon in the space left by the spent lettuce? It's gone bananas, and I couldn't be happier...
Little 'Malali' watermelon. More where this one came from, too. There WILL be home-grown watermelons this season, and by any account I can think of, this officially makes my summer gardening effort a success.