When Pam, from Pam's Garden Dreams, was over this weekend, she told me that I needed to do more overviews of the garden. It is true. I think the last overview of the garden was near the end of May. So here it is, the garden overview.
But on a closer look, you can see the beans are already forming their next set of true leaves. I know bean plants and once they take off, nothing can stop them. They are growing faster than the corn. I'm worried. Should I buy myself some bamboo and just grow the beans up that? It wouldn't be much of a Three Sisters Garden if I did that, but I would still get corn.
These are the bottom beds. I have my solanaceae crops planted on the outside and carrots running down the middle. There are carrots between the peppers and tomatoes. I swear. You just can't see them from so far away.
You also can't see the real beauty of the bigger carrots. I've been slowly thinning them out. I pulled one today that was just over 1/4" wide and 6" long. I ate it. These thinnings don't end up in my harvest tally, but really how much can they weigh?
Then you can get even closer at least if you have a macro lens. I saw three sets of these on my dill. When I told my husband I needed the macro lens to shoot these, he set up his camera (really nice Nikon D200) for me. He said it was all set on automatic and told me how to use the flash since it was very dark this morning. I went out and had trouble figuring out how to turn the thing on. There are so many buttons and dials.
But how cool is that? I took a photo of my lacewing eggs. I want to keep an eye on them. There aren't many aphids near the dill, but just four feet away is my borage that is covered in black aphids. It should be a nice banquet for them if I can get them moved over before they eat each other out of hunger. The adult lacewing probably noticed the dill because it is one of its favorite foods in my garden when it blooms. It will probably be in bloom when these little guys grow up.