Goodness, our July garden is barely hanging on. We’ve had 100°F temperatures almost every day for over a month and they will continue for at least another month. In years past I would work really hard at trying to keep the garden alive through the heat. I’ve learned that we really just need to focus on keeping perennials alive and just let the rest go. Since we garden year round, I don’t get a break during the winter so this is my yearly break.
Today, I thought I’d show you some things that are still growing on our property.
We have figs for the first time this year. Our tree is still young and as you can see the fruit is all growing and ripening a various times – we’ve picked about 10 ripe figs. Most of the time figs are ready in early July in our area. I’m sure in the future this tree will figure it all out.
We also have our first pomegranate. We are super excited since we’ve been growing this little guy for five years.
This is our first year for elderberries also. A friend started this tree for me with a cutting off of her tree last year. I’m excited to have this tree added to our property as we’re trying to grow more of our own medicines.
One of our pecan trees is loaded down with pecans. I’m hoping we harvest enough for all year.
The moringa is about 15 feet tall! We’ve harvested and dehydrated enough to fill a half gallon jar and need to harvest again.
Here’s a wide view of the garden. It’s not pretty right now, but we’re all about keeping it real on this site. As I drive around town and see other people’s gardens they are no different than mine; brown and overgrown.
We planted some milkweed this year. Daisy from Maple Hill 101 was super sweet and sent me some seeds from her plants last year. I do hope one day the milkweed is loaded with monarch caterpillars.
The banana peppers are small but still producing. We’re hoping to ferment some of them for the winter.
The kale was planted last fall and is still growing well. We’ll try to keep this alive until our new fall crop is ready to harvest.
We stopped picking from these green bean plants about a month ago and just let them go to seed so we could save the seeds for next year. We’ll be able to plant a fall crop of green beans and get a second harvest.
We have one birdhouse gourd. It came up as a volunteer so we’re pretty excited to have one. We’ll save the seeds and plant more next year. I have a few projects I want to do with them.
What’s happening in your July garden?