Pumpkin Flower | The Nerd Nest

In Spring, when I was excited to get the garden going, I thought I’d be sharing monthly updates as I went along. It turns out that I couldn’t keep up with gardening for the most part this summer. A combination of weird weather, lots of mosquitos (we had to ditch our rain barrel and they were still horrible), and a busy baby all kept me out the dirt more than usual.

Some things didn’t make it because there were too many rainy cold days (tomatoes) and some didn’t make it because there were too many blistering hot days during which I could not water twice a day (herbs).

But a few things thrived even though I gave up on weeding.

Pumpkin Starting | The Nerd Nest

Pumpkin Takeover | The Nerd Nest

Pumpkin Growing | The Nerd Nest

I’m most excited about the giant pumpkin vines in our front yard right now. These came from voluntary sprouts in our compost in the spring.

A few of the sprouts that we planted took hold, and now we have a few giant vines across the front of our yard. They’re still growing, and a few pumpkins are already starting to make an appearance. I can’t wait to see how many we can harvest–I’m already planning all of the things I can cook with oodles of pie pumpkins.

Pumpkin and blackberry takeover | The Nerd Nest

Picking blackberries | The Nerd Nest

Homegrown blackberries | The Nerd Nest

The crazy vines growing behind the pumpkins are thornless blackberries. I really need to build a trellis or fence for them, but this year they did just fine spreading themselves out. It was the first year they produced after first planing them a few years ago, and none of them ever made it into the house because the kids would go out with a bowl in the morning and eat them right then and there.

They were very tart, so I’ll look into seeing if there’s anything I can do to sweeten them up a bit next year.

Homegrown peas | The Nerd Nest

Our peas never made it into the house either–the kids would just snack on them as they found ripe ones.

Hibiscus flower | The Nerd Nest

Vines | The Nerd Nest

Other than produce, we have flowers happily doing their own thing going crazy on our back yard fence and a few herbs that made it through.

I’m intending to actually get things cleaned up and a little prettier looking for the fall (bring on the mums!), but who knows what will actually happen.

I didn’t grow nearly as many things as I’d planned, but I’m pretty darn happy to have gotten this much out of our tiny, shade-filled yard.

Are you a gardener? How’s your year going?

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 Projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain might venture into. They might be collaborative or independent. The point is to MAKE. I’m numbering in the order these projects are shared.

This is project 17 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1: Class Quilt / 2: Valentines with Eliza / 3: Crabitat / 4-7: Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors + Other Room Updates / 8: April Gardening / 9: Handprint and Footprint Butterfly Pots / 10: Ornate Frame with Clipped Photos / 11: May Gardening / 12-15: DIY Play Dough, Beach Painting, Badge Magnets, and Friendship Bracelets / 16: Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium.