Back in May, I posted some pictures of the very beginning of this year's organic container garden. Although it didn't look like much, I love capturing that time in a garden's life, when it's just fresh dirt and tiny seedlings. Then in June, I shared 10 tips for container gardening, along with some pictures of the garden's progress. Things were still so new at that stage, so I thought I'd share one more post today, with some end-of-summer shots of the garden's final phase. Summer weather came late this year, so we actually have a lot more things still ripening and blooming than we normally do in September.
The tomatoes are especially going crazy, which has made for some seriously amazing batches of fresh salsa. The basil is in its final stages, but there's still plenty for a few more rounds of pesto. And the carrots and watermelon still have a little while longer before we'll be able to eat them, which is kind of cool - it almost makes summer last a little longer. The mint and lettuce have both struggled, but I think we'll still be able to enjoy them in the coming weeks.
As for the sunflowers, it's a funny story. They are a yearly ritual for us, and to me, symbolize summer. So when critters kept devouring our seedlings, I was really bummed. After many rounds of replanting, we gave up - until last month, when we decided to try one more time. Well, the critters finally backed off and now we have baby sunflowers just starting to bloom. I'm not sure how far they'll get with the weather due to cool off soon, but it's pretty awesome nonetheless.
Did any of you do gardens this summer? Are you still harvesting, or have things come to an end for the year?