Midsummer Garden’s Dream



Now that it’s midsummer, you would not believe how fast these plants grow. They are all about a month old by now. When only weeks ago, the leaves were just beginning to pop, now they are bigger than my head!

Check out some of these photos from early July. Also updates, events and photos of the new art pieces in the garden.

Thanks for reading!



There was one week where the squash seemed to triple in size!

okra sign



Here’s a before/after photo. All of the Okra visibly doubled in size.

Also, signs were made for many of the plants in the garden. Their purpose is to educate visitors and make the garden more user-friendly.


Weeding is a constant job at the garden. Thank goodness we have help from our volunteers!





Sunberries and Raspberries are ripening fast and often. Come get some while they last.


The peaches have these strange dark freckles on them. They do not seem to be eating away at the insides, so it’s probably no big deal.



Japanese Beetles like to eat all the leaves from fruiting plants.


I set up this beetle bait trap using yeast, sugar, water and rotting fruit. I think it has worked for every bug except Japanese beetles. 😦 Oh, well, gotta try something else.


The deer love to munch on just about everything.


They get to the tomatoes before they even have time to ripen.


I tried potting some mint nearby each tomato. Apparently, deer don’t like strong aromas. Also, plastic netting should keep their teeth away from our precious tomatoes.


Another attempt; using a fence and motion-sensor radio to deter deer from entering the garden.

Other signs that have been crafted so far.

basiltomatoes sign

The basil is free for the taking. It grows so fast and likes to be pruned. When pruned properly, the tastier new growth grows rapidly.

beans sign

See the beans climbing up the string trellis? So pretty.

Three Sisters


The corn are already about 4 feet tall. The beans are beginning to wrap around the corn stalks. Exactly what we were going for.

sista sign


Plus, the cucumber leaves have already gotten bigger and are protecting the ground from the hot rays of the sun, and keeping it moist.

Broccoli. To be harvested tomorrow and donated to local food bank, Food for Others.


Doing surprisingly well for the heat of the summer are the cabbage, beginning to form heads.


In other news, the PGF project for the pathway and entrance has been pushed to November. For now, I have created temporary alternatives to a welcoming entryway.


Also recently started are the Kiosk sales in the JC at Kiosk A every Tuesday from 1:30-3:30. Seedlings are being sold to encourage folks to grow their own food, soon to come are sales of our produce.



About gmugarden

Greetings current or potential vegetable people! This site is devoted to the vegetable garden that exists at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The aim of the site is to keep people like you updated on the garden happenings and to show progress to those who can't participate! Enjoy and happy vegetable eating :)

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