The grapes have climbed to the top of the pergola. Remember my grapes?
The blueberry bushes are as tall as the grapes and have already produced three gallon bags worth of berries with lots more ripening.
We enjoyed our first meal of freshly picked green beans, and we have been making salads from the lettuce patch for over a month.
The pole beans are winding their way up the support...
...and the base of the bird feeder is filling in with green peppers, nasturtiums, and sunflowers.
My tomatoes look a bit spindly, but that is because I recently pruned them. Tomatoes yield a much better crop if unnecessary shoots and leaves are removed, ensuring that the plants energy is going into producing fruit rather and unneeded foliage.
I always pinch out the new shoots that grow in the crotch of the plant's main stem and branches.
I also take off the lower branches of the plants to help prevent disease and fungal infections that can occur when the leaves are splashed with water and soil. A few years ago I lost my entire tomato patch to a fungal infection, but since I have been aggressively pruning, my tomatoes have remained healthy.
Last year my tomato plants produced enough fruit to make spaghetti sauce and canned tomatoes for both my family and my parents. We have one jar of spaghetti sauce left, and we will have enough canned tomatoes to last another year. I do hope this year's crop will do as well and that we can avoid the fungal infections that have plagued us before.
So...that's the vegetable garden. I'm anxious to compare the August progress to this month's progress.
Along with vegetables...we also "grow" eggs. This past week, Little #4 came running in the house, with his eyes popping out of his head, exclaiming over the giant egg he had just found. One of our Americana chickens laid a double-yoke egg, and it was, literally, the size of a goose egg. I took a picture of it with two other eggs. The egg on the left, obviously, is the double-yoker; the one in the middle is an average size chicken egg, and the little one is a guinea hen egg. I thought it would be neat to show the comparison.
We decided to have some fun and crack the three eggs into individual bowls so we could compare the insides. Much to our amazement, despite their exterior shell size, the yokes were all the same size...of course, the double yoker had two.
Pretty neat, right?!? I just had to share that little experiment. Oh, and don't you just love the bowls? They are from my beloved ironstone collection.
I hope you all are enjoying your weekend, wherever you are. Thanks so much for stopping by...I hope to see you again soon.