It’s a Jungle In There

It’s a jungle in my garden right now!

The entire bottom third of the big garden is one solid mess of vines – mostly butternut squash and sugar pumpkins.

MelonsAnd I do mean a solid mess.

There must be a ga-zillion squash and pumpkins in there – but I really don’t venture too far in to explore.

You see – the other day I tried it and something furry and four-legged rustled through the vines ahead of me.

It’s probably just a bunny – but you can never be too careful about things like that. I’m remembering our recent woodchuck with a fondness for winter squash.

He may have friends.

Maybe if I wore hip boots. Do you think a wood chuck could bite through rubber?

On second thought – maybe I’ll just wait for a nice frost so the vines die away a little! 🙂

TomatosThen there’s my monster tomato plants.

These things are like small trees!

They are huge and they are everywhere. It’s a nightmare to pick them.

You know how tomato vines make your arms turn green and leave a sticky slimy stuff when you touch them? I get covered with it every time I pick! I have to literally claw my way through the plants and reach way inside the tomato cages to finally get the tomatoes.

It’s a nasty job and nobody wants to do it.

I think my kids would rather scrub the bathroom floor with a toothbrush than go into the garden and pick tomatoes!

Note to self:  next year plant the tomatoes much further apart.

And get more and stronger tomato cages!

But in all seriousness – I love this season in the garden! It’s all about harvesting and enjoying – about planning your meals around what you just picked.

Even if it means wearing full-battle gear to get the harvest!

I’ve linked this post up with The Tuesday Garden Party over at The Oregon Cottage.

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5 Responses

  1. Any tips on getting tomatoes to turn red? Mine are all still green and I’m starting to get worried about frost. I know the first one is just around the corner!

  2. So glad your garden has done really well this year. Ours has struggled in the rainless heat. It has just now cooled down a smidgen to where the tomatoes are thinking about doing something productive. Enjoy all that canning!

  3. Wow–you are going to have an exceptional squash harvest, it looks like! Fantastic!

  4. Full battle gear to harvest? HEHEHE! I’ve been sending Hubbie for the harvesting lately. HAHA! I get sooooo itchy it’s crazy. Ah well… He’s good about it all.

    Have fun with those vines and whoever is living there! I will keep with my praying mantis, thank you. 🙂 But, maybe you should get your gardening expeditions on video yourself? Yours sound so much more… umm… interesting. HAHA!

    Take care,
    Dee

  5. I love your great big field of squash. I want to know what’s under all of those leaves! Enjoy your harvest. This is the best time of the year!