People that enjoy gardening spend lots of time outdoors in all kinds of weather, be it good or bad. The work they do digging, planting, weeding and watering is a labor of love. To people who don’t enjoy gardening, it is hard, dirty work that they try to avoid at all cost. Gardeners endure a trial by fire of sorts. Drought, monsoon rains, high winds, hail, assorted diseases, insects, deer, rabbits, groundhogs, etc. One thing that can be said for the non gardener, they can enjoy the gardens of other. They can visit public gardens, go on a garden tour, or visit their local farmers market to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
At this time of the year, my husband and I sometimes wonder if we should leave the vegetable growing to others. We have a small farmers market in the next town and we visit for items that we don’t have planted in our garden. Yes, it would be easier and the vegetables would be fresh. But I do like a challenge and gardening is a challenge between myself and Mother Nature. We will see who wins this year as our growing season continues.
This is our tomato and herb garden close to the lake.
By all accounts, this growing season hasn’t been bad. Snow melt was long in coming, but provided good moisture for the newly emerging perennials. We had high winds that tested the young transplants but they survived.
The only thing that might end up being a problem is the wet, cool weather. I have sprayed with fungicide to ward off disease on the tomatoes and peppers and trimming off damaged leaves.
We have more tomatoes than we had originally planned for so we have made plantings in different areas this year. We have our established planting area where the majority of the plants are growing, while some are planted directly in the ground, others in a raised bed and two in large pots. It will be interesting to observe at the end of the year if there is any major differences in the tomatoes.
I hope you enjoy the photos of our vegetable and herb gardens, our sunny perennial gardens, and our shady woodland gardens.