Finally, the fruits of our labor are starting to come in. I said in the last gardening blog; this has been an odd growing season this year. The bugs have finally begun to move their homes to other places in our yard, and the vegetables are beginning to flourish. I believe I was overwatering our plants. I have stopped hand watering altogether and just let our drip do its thing. The liquid fertilizer seems to be helping as well. I don’t use it as often as the directions say, and that seems to be working. The name of the fertilizer I mentioned in the last blog is G&B Organics, Organic All Purpose Fertilizer 3-2-3. It helped the plants to grow big and beautiful, but I am unsure if it was the overwatering or the over-fertilizing that caused them not to bloom. They were big, healthy plants with not a lot of flowers. Since I backed off, they are flowering like gangbusters!
 
Our lettuces, kale, arugula, and chard were the first vegetables to arrive. We have a little bit still coming in, but for the most part, they are all done. Currently, we have a lot of yellow crooked neck squash coming in and cucumbers as well. The tomatoes are beginning to develop, and a few of them are ripe enough to eat. There are tiny eggplant getting bigger each day, but no sweet peppers to be found as of yet. 
 
As for the fruit trees, the plums are ripe, and we have been picking and sharing them with family. They are delicious, and I plan to make some of them into a sweet compote to put on ice cream. Yum! Some of our apple trees are doing well, and others do not have a single apple on them, which is a bummer. A few days ago, I saw about 12 peaches on the tree. So sad, we had such a bounty last year. Thankfully, I still have some in the freezer. The pear tree never seems to produce much. Currently, there is about 8 of those on the tree. 
 
The herbs are plentiful, and I use them often when cooking. We absolutely adore pesto, so we make that about once a week.  I like to use a variety of my fresh herbs along with the basil to give it a little different flavor each time. We serve it over fish, salmon, pasta, rice, and grilled vegetables. 
 
I hope your garden is flourishing. Send me a message and tell me your highs and lows of this 2019 gardening season. Share your favorite meal you have made out of your garden bounty. I enjoy seeing your creativity. 
 
Bon Appetit!
 
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