After months of camera/computer issues I'm finally able to do photos again. So here are some pics that were taken over this summer. Mind you, this was in the middle of a severe drought, and I do not spray, dust, or use any chemicals of any kind.
Water Butt (aka rain barrel) nestled amidst the lemon balm and day lilies
I put a few minnows from our creek into the water butts to keep down mosquitoes. Not only have the minnows survived on their diet of mosquito larvae, but they have grown quite large...
These chicks came from eggs that had been in the refrigerator for at least three days. And the fridge is so cold the food in the bottom crisper partially freezes. Out of six eggs, these four hatched...
Purple Podded Pole Beans (from previous year's saved seed)
Very HOT and very prolific little ornamental pepper
Sweet Bell Peppers and French Marigolds (both from saved seed)
Ruby Swiss Chard (reddish coloured stems) and Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard (white stems)
Cherokee Black Tomatoes
Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash (from saved seed)
Two more Pennsylvania Dutch Crooknecks playing hide and seek (they weight about 10# here, so it gives some idea as to how big the leaves are). And the vines were over 30' long, going across the entire length of the patio garden and up and around the entire length of a 20' deck. They really love that composted rabbit and goat manure in which they were planted.
See...they really are growing across the deck.
A bit of container gardening with Yellow Prolific Straightneck Squash
And another container with Thai Long Purple Eggplant
Custard Marrow (aka Pattypan Squash, Scallop Squash, Granny Squash, etc.)
Custard Marrow again
Large Speckled Calico Lima (aka Christmas Pole Limas), with vines over 10' in length
Egyptian Onions (aka Walking Onions).
Compost square full of volunteer tomato plants. I shared the plants with friends and neighbors, and everyone ended up with a nice crop of tomatoes.
More compost volunteers...a volunteer tomato and a volunteer pumpkin. Since I toss all of my veg scraps into compost squares, I have no idea what varieties these are, but they are certainly hardy.
Fugi apples - proof that you don't need to spray in order to have fruit
Gala apples...again, no sprays or chems of any kind. Just au naturel...