I just logged in to my blog account to write a little garden update. At the bottom of my “dashboard” there are some basic stats, and one of the things they include is a list of search terms that led people here. One of the latest ones is something like “my neighbor’s overgrown mess”. Ha, yes, I’d probably qualify there. :) It’s nice to keep a sense of humor about my yard.
As vegetable garden updates go: my tomatoes are flowering! I think this is the earliest I’ve ever seen that happen. The tomatoes got off to a bit of a rocky start – the plants were the healthiest I’ve had in the last few years – tall, green (no phosphorus deficiency), and really nice sturdy stems. I spent a week or so hardening them off, and planted them on the holiday weekend. Overnight, five of them shriveled up and died. Very weird. The rest of the plants seem to be doing really well and they’re growing fast. However, I only replaced a couple of the plants, and somehow I have only 11 tomato plants this year. That’s half of last year’s count. I hope they produce vigorously because otherwise I won’t have even close to enough tomatoes.
The cabbage and broccoli look amazing. Peas are being eaten daily! Spinach is doing well, lettuce is growing excruciatingly slowly. Chard and brussels sprouts are slow, too. Cukes and carrots are coming along nicely, as are onions. Garlic looks amazing and I think I’ve only got a few weeks before that gets harvested. Peppers are the smallest I’ve ever had at this stage of the summer. I couldn’t find starts that I wanted so I’ll have to be satisfied with what’s out there. All the beans look fine, potatoes too. Only problem with the potatoes is that something has been digging in them. I have never seen this happen and I have no idea who the culprit is. What have I forgotten? Pumpkins are good so far. I did plant melons but they have just barely sprouted! Blueberries look happy and I think they’ll be incredible next year- for this year I’m lucky they’re growing at all. Two bushes have quite a few berries on them.
Our sunflower fort is being uprooted and devoured slowly, but surely. All the plants on one side are gone. Hopefully the rest will survive and maybe I can even move one or two this week, when it’s supposed to be a little cooler.
The herb bed is terribly behind schedule, but I put cilantro and basil in with the veggies and those are the important ones. I may put my parsley plants in the veggie garden too, because the herb bed isn’t going to be ready until the end of the week.
Guess that’s all for now!