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My Mom’s Garden

August 7th, 2009

This year we planted some popcorn at my mom’s house in her garden. She gets a lot more sun than we do, so she offered to expand her garden so we could have some space over there. We planted popcorn quite a while ago. While over for a visit on Wednesday, I took a photo of our lovely corn.
We’re keeping our eye on it, as soon as ears start to form we’re going to put an electric fence around it. My parents have always had trouble with coons in the corn. If you notice the pumpkin vines growing through the corn, this is a ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ Cinderella pumpkin from my saved seeds. There are a few pumpkins set on the vines, I can’t wait to see them this fall (unless the deer get them like they did last year).
My mom’s garden is looking quite nice this time of year. This is what it looked like 2 months ago? As you can tell by the brownish color of everything, it’s been a little dry for the past couple weeks.
It’s always nice to have photos so you can see how well the garden is doing.

How do you monitor your gardens growth?

13 Comments to “My Mom’s Garden”
  1. Mangochild on August 7, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Like you, I use my camera to document my garden. My camera, and my blog too – even though a lot of my pics don’t make it online. It is an easy way to keep a record, and a fun/creative activity at the same time. It has allowed (and prompted) me to look in detail at some of the nuances of the plants in a new way, and really see how related plants show similar blossoms, etc. Before I started my garden, I rarely used my camera, and now it sits in a drawer in my kitchen for ready use. Interestingly, its spilled into my non-garden life – I’m taking more pics of my family, my home, and my experiences/events overall.
    .-= Mangochild´s last blog ..Bits and Pieces: Local Thoughts and News =-.

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  2. s on August 7, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I have a mixture of record keeping. I have a garden journal (non-internet) and various spreadsheets with seed info etc. I have maps of my garden from year to year to remember where I planted stuff, and little notebooks where I record harvests and preservation stuff by hand (that get entered into the computer later). I like the ritual of writing and its fun to find my scribbles years later.

    And definitely tons of pics. Sometimes you forget to record something and a picture can help. It’s so handy that digital photos record the date! And of course, there are things a picture can capture about a day that you don’t (or can’t) express in words :)
    .-= s´s last blog ..magic =-.

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  3. KitsapFG on August 7, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I used to keep a written garden journal, photos, and records. Then I migrated to doing this all on the computer but in a variety of different places. Now I have everything combined into my web page which inlcudes a daily calendar that is my daily journal of notes, seed starting schedules, harvest tallys, preserving tally, and of course, the blog and pictures. Combined they are the collective reference for the garden year. I keep a spreadsheet with the harvest tally that is the basis for the updates to the online tallys – but other than that, I have quit doing all the other record keeping. This was the primary reason I started my webpage, a need to consolidate the aspects of my garden record keeping into one place. I just happen to share it with anyone that might be interested.

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  4. Chicago Mike on August 7, 2009 at 9:21 am

    With a fork. And some drool.
    .-= Chicago Mike´s last blog ..Harvest As Family Activity =-.

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  5. warren on August 7, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I wish we had growth to monitor this year. Nearly everything has be ruined by the rain. I planted those pumpkins also and they started but then were washed away by the torrents that flooded across my garden.
    Oh well, next year we’ll try again…
    .-= warren´s last blog ..I tried pot =-.

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  6. deborah on August 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I use the camera, blog, and a little notebook to keep track. But I’m not very good at it. I often have long lapses where not much is recorded. Sigh.
    The saved pumpkin seeds you shared with me have produced plants that are doing well. And like yours, mine have set a bit of fruit. They were slow because it stayed cool too long here in June and has been cool again of late. We’ll see if there’s enough time left in this Zone 3 summer to get them ripened.

    Say, what’s in the squarish tubs (are those cat litter tubs?) to the left of the garden?
    .-= deborah´s last blog ..Currants and Gooseberries =-.

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    • Susy on August 7, 2009 at 11:27 am

      Those are cat littler containers and she’s got cucumbers and summer squash planted in them (it’s an experiment she’s doing to see how well they do in tubs).

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  7. inadvertent farmer on August 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I know things are growing well when they reach and surpass first the two year olds height then the 6 year olds…sometimes even my 19 year old has to look up at some plants!

    Love that last pic, Kim
    .-= inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..Friday Funnies =-.

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    • Susy on August 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm

      I look up to some of my tomatoes, they’re HUGE.

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  8. Christine on August 7, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I used to keep a word document on my computer that i’d update once a week, but it was hard to add photos, and my boyfriend and co-gardener ran over my laptop a while back, so the document (as well as all the photos) was lost. We’ve now started keeping a blog, which is also great because we can access it from anywhere, and our friends and family that live far away can see it too.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Timothy hay =-.

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    • Susy on August 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

      That’s exactly why I started this blog.

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  9. Pampered Mom on August 7, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Pictures and blog postings mostly – They typically coincide with my at least weekly tours of the gardens.
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog ..Farwell dear tree – we’ll certainly miss your generous shade! =-.

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  10. Online Flower Delivery on August 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I, too, use my camera to document the progress in my garden. It’s especially nice to go back at the end of the season and review them. I’ve turned a few of the collections into slide shows, too. Thanks for sharing :D


    Christina Nielson

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