Nice to be home - Dinner was grilled steak, steamed squash and green beans, and potato salad.
And I did take a few pictures. First, the blueberry bushes: my poor, tiny, little, abused bushes:
This is the best of them - I'm amazed that the leaves stayed green, the berries have not dropped off, and new leaves have appeared!
Remember the one with half green leaves, and half brown, dead ones? The dead leaves are slowly falling off and there are new, green leaves appearing:
And that poor, little one with all brown and no green leaves? Look at all the new growth at the bottom, and the new leaves sprouting on the longer stems!
These are a dwarf southern highbush type of blueberry bush - Right now, they are around 15" high. I don't expect much of a crop from them until they are fully grown, and this type of bush only gets to be about 4 feet at maturity. They should produce some berries, maybe a couple of quarts, next May, but the following year should be the beginning of really good crops - these plants should be capable of producing 5 to 6 pounds of blueberries each! Plenty to eat on cereal and with Greek yogurt, and more than enough to preserve.
Too bad that wind storm took my grapes! It looked like a bumper-crop this year. I'm looking for a hardy variety that I can either grow along the fence or have my handyman build a more study arbor. That will take a year or two to get a good grape crop - This was the second year for the ones I lost. Bummer!
The rest of the garden is doing really well! The nematodes have taken hold, and the pests that first appeared have vanished. You can see the difference in the first four rows of beans that were planted two weeks apart - the first row produced some beans, but was attacked by tiny, leaf sucking pests.... they're still growing, but can't seem to completely overcome the damage. The next two rows are much healthier and much stockier - same bean variety. And the next two rows are coming in the same way.
The squash and cantaloupes are all doing well, as are the carrots, which should be ready to harvest at the end of June.
Here's some pix of the rest of the garden: Sweet corn, okra, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and Amish pumpkins:
I've got some cultivating to do in the garden, if the weather holds, and my nephew is planning to start my back tattoo tomorrow afternoon - At least get the outline finished. The entire tattoo will most likely take many sessions over the next 4 to 6 months. We have to wait until the outline heals before he can start shading and coloring, and that will be done in subsequent sessions until it's all completed. Of course, I'll get progress shots and post them.