Mid-Summer Garden Update

For gardeners everywhere, the summer of 2011 has been an interesting one. It seems that record-setting weather is the norm rather than the exception for most of the United States, and many other parts of the world as well. Here in Colorado, June was hot and dry followed by one of the wettest Julys on record. For the most part, the garden is doing fine and enjoying the extra moisture. Here are a few photos of some of the plants:

Pumpkin Plant at Happy Simple Living

A pumpkin plant has lots of blooms but the leaves are a little yellow from all the rain.


Cherry tomato plant at Happy Simple Living

The bottom leaves of the cherry tomato plant are a little yellow, too, but it has lots of blooms and green tomatoes. Our garden is 100% organic and the only fertilizer we use is homemade compost.


Jalapeno plant - Happy Simple Living

The jalapenos are kind of puny this year. I think chiles prefer hot, dry weather.


onions, garlic, chives at Happy Simple Living

The garlic, chives and onions seem completely happy with the extra water!


Currant bush at Happy Simple Living

The currant bushes are loaded with ripe fruit.


Strawberries at Happy Simple Living

The strawberries are blooming and putting out fruit for the second time this season.


Butterfly at Happy Simple Living

While I was snapping photos, a butterfly stopped by for an early morning drink.

How does your garden grow this summer? I’d love to hear how you and your plants are doing.

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P.S. While it rains here, across the globe the skies are dry. If you watched NBC Nightly News last night, you saw a heartbreaking report about the famine crisis in Africa due to the region’s worst drought in half a century. More than 11 million people in Somalia and parts of Kenya and Ethiopia need food assistance due to the drought, according to the United Nations. Nearly half of the Somali population, 3.7 million people, desperately need food and water. Even a small donation could save lives, and you can find a list of key organizations providing aid here.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

4 thoughts on “Mid-Summer Garden Update”

  1. Beautiful garden, and great photo of the butterfly…I’ll be breaking the news later but our squash plants have succumbed to squash vine borer…:( Everything else is doing great, but I was pretty bummed about the squash. Doing a little research, I’ll be trying out garlic spray on the plants next year.

  2. A very productive garden with lots of food produce. A very cost saving garden that will provide your family a healthy meal everyday with its produce, I bet..

  3. What a gorgeous garden you have! It’s great that you’re going organic too. Lovely shot of the butterfly! 🙂


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