Hours on planes, excrutiatingly long layover in seedy LAX, heavy construction on the interstate in Pennsylvania, disoriented jet lag dreams, why don't American cities have green belts with walking trails, blah blah blah, I'm sure you all feel very sorry for me adjusting to being back in the USA. But that's ok, because getting your sympathy isn't the point of this post, rather, I wanted to show you all (and by "you all" I mean Sandra) the veggie garden. There's quite a bit of empty space in the front because I've laid leaf mulch and grass clippings down to kill off some lawn and extend the planting area for next year.
I returned to a zuccini with some sort of giantism issue, the merging of all the tomatoes into one super-plant, and the beans owning the tower I made for them from broken maple branches. The kale still looks good, although I suspect it will soon slow right down and return once the weather cools in September. I thought the lettuce would have gone to seed while we were away, but we're eating salad from it tonight, and I'd say we've got a few more meals left in there (I just pick leaves as I need them rather than uproot entire plants). The cucumbers next to the driveway are starting to disdain my trelis, prefering to set out on their own up the fence. Still, we have enjoyed them with a little malt vinegar and in our Pimm's Cup.
Only one of the blueberriy bushes is fruiting - I think I need to plant a new variety for cross-pollination, but at least the birdies didn't get to them yet. I'm not showing you the asparagus ferns which haven't reached spear-producing-maturity yet, or the first-time-I've-ever-planted-beans for drying tucked in between the blueberries and the deck.
The trees shading everything along the back wall are technically on the neighbor's property, but no-one is ever back there and I think I have the legal right to climb up with a saw and hack down anything hanging on my side. It isn't like those plants are particularly pretty or interesting, so that is an on-going project for the rest of the summer. I've got strawberries and mint along there that need some more sun, and that empty spot is where I'll put the garlic come fall.