The Backyard

Not the best pictures because I forgot to take them before the sun went down.  What a day.

The arbor.  Our grapevine is only a year old and look at it go!  We tried to do a grapevine and a hops vine on the right side but the hops croaked. 



One of the half-barrel gardens.  Chard, strawberries and arugula which is done so I cut it all down.  I expect next year this one will be all strawberries and I'll have to find another home for the chard.

I lost the brussels sprouts.  It was an experimental vegetable and I didn't do much research on growing it.  So, for future reference:  1) Brussels sprouts are best for the fall (cool-season vegetable).  I planted mine early spring thinking that would work but I think it got too hot.   2)  Brussels sprouts are picky.  I need easy to grow vegetables (water once a day, forget to fertilize but still get veggies out of it) and these aren't so easy.  3)  Aphids LOVE the leaves.  I finally cut them all down because the infestation was so bad.  Ladybugs didn't hang around and the insecticidal soap only worked for a couple of days.  Oh well, there's still strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, chard and fennel.  I think I need to check on the fennel because it a was another experimental vegetable for me.  So far it looks ok.