Well, our garden did not fare very well during our absence. Somehow no care shown for nearly three weeks = overgrown with weeds?!
Our growing season is pretty well ending as it is just so h-o-t for those little plants out there right now. The tomatoes continue to ripen and we pick a dozen or so every other day!
David also planted the pumpkins in hopes of having some for the Fall. I did big ones and little ones just for the fun of decorating with them. I hope they are more successful than their cousins the zucchini (which produced zilch)!
So, the final update is: our garden was a HUGE success this year compared to my previous attempts. I definitely learned some things and am excited to do it again instead of considering never planting again - like I was last year! All-in-all a very positive experience that provided some yummy produce for our table.