The deeper we get into summer, the faster the days go by. Now that the weather has really warmed up, the garden has been growing like crazy. Here’s a look at all the new developments and changes.
My tomato saga continues… Every year, it’s always something, and this year has been no exception. My main tomato bed, with 8 plants, has developed a nice case of blight and leaf spot. I believe the blight fungal spores overwintered and attacked early on in the season, before I was even thinking about any prevention. I’ve been spraying with copper, an organic solution, in hopes of stopping in it’s track. So far, it’s been working okay, but I may have to bring in something a little stronger… aka, not organic. I’m not crazy about the idea, but I’m even less crazy about seeing all 8 plants die off.
My garlic is looking fantastic! I pulled up several bulbs, but am giving the rest a few more weeks to hopefully get a little bigger. Some of these were planted in the same bed as my tomatoes, as it’s said to help improve the flavor. We shall see! I have cherry tomatoes in containers that should ripening any day now, and potatoes that are almost ready to harvest… I think. It’s my first time growing those.
Peppers are growing nicely, as are the eggplants. I should have some fruit to show by the time I make my next video. I also have several healthy tomato plants to make up for the diseased bed. I’m harvesting beets and carrots like crazy, and I just started to pick the very first cukes of the season, which are going to start coming in fast. I planted all kirby cukes, as we love pickles in this house. Celery is going to seed, and I’m anxious to collect them and rip those plants out. The celery itself was very fibrous and a little bit bitter.
I dug up my strawberry bed and planted some zucchini, a mystery squash/pumpkin, watermelon and cantaloupe. They went in late, so we’ll see how well they produce. The zucchini and mystery squash are growing very quickly. I kept a few strawberry plants in the ground so that I can dig them up in the spring and plant a vertical strawberry garden. Well, at least that’s the plan.
Tomatillos are growing like mad, and should be ready to start harvesting in a few weeks. Lettuces have all turned bitter and bolted, but there’s till tons of arugula, kale and chard. Basil and other herbs are growing wonderfully, and the nasturtiums have started to flower. My rhubarb is HUGE and it’s taking every bit of self control to not pick those stalks and bake them into a pie.
I need to start thinking now about what and where to plant for fall, as planting time will be here before we know it. Why does summertime always go by so fast!?
That’s about all I can think of for now. I look forward to checking back in next month, or maybe even sooner, to show you what wonderful things I’m harvesting. What’s growing in your garden right now?
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