Welcome to the Jungle…

Summer is officially here and ours started with great news! My husband was recalled to work after a worrisome one week layoff. While it was wonderful to have him here, and we got a lot accomplished together, and though he might have whined a little (“why can’t they pay me to lay here next to you?”) when it was time to get ready for work — we are both very grateful that we are back in the Land of Paychecks!

The girls and I spent our afternoon working on the garden. We have had a few heavy rainstorms lately and the neat and orderly square foot garden was looking more like a tangled overgrown jungle.

In absence of standard tomato cages, I have two old rusty shovels wedged into place behind the garden box and the tomato stalks are tied to these with bright colored yarn. We have a nearby bamboo forest, so my plan was to cut down a few dried stalks and create a tripod framework to support the plants. That hasn’t happened yet, alas. My old shovels are not the neatest solution in the world, but they do the trick and keep everything upright.

David’s honeysuckle vine is tall and climbing higher every day, twisting around the basket of sweet mint (which makes the most delicious tea) and the posts on the front porch. The bright red and golden blooms have a slightly different, slightly sweeter taste than regular honeysuckle… and it’s all I can do to keep the girls from plucking the poor plant bald to drink from the blossoms!

The cucumber has taken on a mind of its own and decided to take over the walkway. I’ve got it climbing on an upright wooden pallet now, but that was a decision made as the daylight faded, so pictures will have to have to wait for another day. The eggplant and bell peppers are tall and full, filling up the front row nicely. The watermelon and honeydew melon have begun to follow the cucumber’s lead, growing out onto the porch. I like the wildness of it… at some point I may have to find another pallet for this side, but for now the vines go where they will.

I’m so pleased with our little garden and how exuberantly it has grown since we transplanted seedlings on Mother’s Day. We’re all looking forward to harvesting our homegrown goodies later this summer!

I’d love to hear about your garden! What are you growing this season?

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Thank you Abby! The girls really wanted to plant our own corn field, but
    we really don’t have the space for it. We’re talking of building a
    deeper garden box next year so we can do carrots and potatoes. I’ll have
    to research some deer-proofing solutions though… we have a lot of
    deer around here and I don’t want them eating the garden! I’m glad you
    mentioned that!

  • Oooh, why didn’t I think of planting sunflowers? I love them – so big
    and cheerful – but didn’t even think of picking up a pack of seeds this
    year. I guess I had veggies and fruit on the brain. I’m woefully
    deficient in flowers this year, overall. You know, I’ve never tasted an
    artichoke. Am I missing out? Should I give these a whirl?