Monday, May 18, 2009

April showers bring May flowers - or so I've been told. In my little corner of the world, we didn't have a drop fall in April or many of the months that preceded it. I've been keeping my garden watered with the hose, but soon that may end with mandatory water restrictions effective at the first of June.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to any of us. If we faced the truth, we live in a region more like the desert. Yet we insist on planting lots of green lawns and shrubs that are not native. All of that requires water and plenty of it. We try to not be wasteful. Most of the strictures that are to come in a couple of weeks our family already employs. I do hope that I can keep my garden all summer long. I'd much rather let the grass go brown in favor of using the water for my veggies.
We had our first squash with dinner on Saturday night.
The pumpkins and potatoes are looking good.
Soon I'll be harvesting ribs of celery to add in salads.
I've never grown eggplant before. The plants are just beautiful to look at. I can't wait to see what they look like when they start bearing their fruits.
Just look at the broccoli. Maybe I should have allotted a larger space. Can you see my inflatable snake in the tree? Neither birds nor squirrels fear it. But I do get a laugh when I see it, so it will stay.
The lettuce is doing well, too. I think it might be time to plant a few more seeds.
And then there's the 'puppy patch'. Harper is doing her water conservation part. I dare not plant a thing in the spot where she keeps watch for squirrels.

24 comments:

Bunny said...

Beautiful garden, those plants look amazing, good for you. We have very little room for veggies but I do have rhubarb and herbs in a little patch. Been very cold here last couple of nights we had to bring our hanging basket in.

KC Quilter said...

Oh, how I wish I could send you some of our rain! We have had so much that it's been hard to get herbs into my garden. Everything IS nice and green though...

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love this post, you're so right about conservation of our precious resources. Harper is adorable. Your veggies look fabulous, well done, Libby!

loulee said...

Your garden looks wonderful. If I could send you rain I would. Good Luck.

Catherine said...

Your veggie garden looks fantastic! The snake made me laugh out loud -- I used to work for a lawyer who had huge plants in his office. We got a snake something like yours and put it in the largest pot. He howled with laughter when he saw it and never would let us remove it!

Sara said...

Thank you for sharing your beatiful garden. Hopefully you will be able to continue to water it!

Yvonne said...

Wow....everything is looking so awesome. We haven't even planted anything yet....hopefully in the next week or two. Harper looks like she takes her duties quite seriously. :)

paula, the quilter said...

Are you allowed to use gray water? You know that soapy water washes away insect eggs on plants don't you? I would think if it came right down to it, you could dip the bath water into pails and water the veggies with it.

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Libby--what lovely garden pictures, I just ate supper, but those pictures made me hungry all over again and I love seeing Harper's pictures. Glad you got your package safely--enjoy!!
Just, Di in NY

Quilt Hollow said...

What a gorgeous little garden you have there Libby! Perhaps a rain dance is in order. I'm in NC and have had plenty of rain however no complaints from me as we rely on the well!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Your gardening experience sounds so similar to us here the past few years....we have all made a lot of hard gardening decisions!
All still looks good though!
Loving the banner, very chic!!
That latest quilt made from the internet pattern is very nice...gotta love the friend who quilted it though, I need them!!
Chers, tracey

QuiltedSimple said...

Your garden looks lovely. Hope you get some rain soon!
Kris

sewprimitive karen said...

Your vegetable plants are just beautiful. Can you carry water out from the house if you need to? Or in my previous house, I had the clothes washer water sent outside to a barrel and used that.

Stephanie D. said...

Your garden is looking amazing despite the lack of rain! I'd gladly send you come if I could. We were just taken off drought status last week, though some places here in WNC are still urging water conservation practices.

Now, if the weather would just warm up a tiny bit. The last 2 mornings we've had to turn the heater on! I'm afraid I may have planted too soon, though who'd have thought that?

Judy said...

Well it has rained here almost every night and loads of days for near months! It's been the wettest we've had in forever! I notice this because the construction of the garage across the street from our parking space demanded a blocker in front of the sewage grate so the street flooded EVERY time it thunderstormed so we had to wade to our cars to move them! But at least the new grass is up and lovely!

Sorry you have to ration, I'd sneak house water out there to water...can you collect a bucket full when you shower? Isn't that considered waste? Or get a rain collection barrel outside in case it rains!

Cathi said...

So sorry you have to ration....and I was complaining that I wish it would stop. I love your little...scarecrow? Does she have a name? Is she doing the job? I rely on my cat and the neighbors cat for the birds. Deer and rabbits...well, we talked about that before, didn't we?

Chocolate Cat said...

Harper is so cute! We have had strict water restrictions for a number of years and it is amazing how these water saving ways become second nature. We lost hardly any plants from not watering and relying on the miniscule bit of rain we received.

Guðrún said...

I am so glad that Harper keeps her space. Are there any bushfires around you?

Quilter Kathy said...

I just love seeing your garden...very inspiring.
I planted some seeds today, but it's probably too early. We had a thick frost on Saturday night.
Oh well...must be optimistic!
Do you really have a lemon tree in your garden?!?!
How decadent!!!

Marilyn R said...

It would be a shame if you couldn't keep those yummy veggies growing in your yard! I hope you can figure out a way to keep them going!

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I am waiting with anticipation to see what you are going to do with that lovely pile of scraps... and as for gardens...My tomatoes are 4 ft high...so I have pinched...them off now..but the slugs are the only thing getting my peppers so far. More holes in those leaves than cottage cheese!

Finn said...

Everything looks just lovely, Libby. I think your garden could be a feature article in almost any magazine *VBS* Love the little spring cleaning quilt, and what fun to start that long awaited BOM with some online friends. It looks like it will be a wonderful quilt. Hugs, Finn

Pumpkin Patch Quilter said...

Oh your garden is looking great! I'm so jealous! :) Love the flag quilt too you showed for Memorial Day! :)

Carole said...

Harper is surely keeping an eye on that beautiful vegetation! Did I mention that we planted radishes and lettuce. We did transplant the tomatoes! Would you believe there was a frost warning last nite! DH covered the tomatoes! Lovely gardens! Do hope you get some rain! Cheers!