Hello, Virtual Gardening Friends! Temperatures have been climbing steadily since I last checked in. For some plants, this is not good; my peas finally browned out and I pulled them out this week. However, warm season veggies like tomatoes, peppers and peas, love that nighttime temperatures are staying warm. I’ve harvested quite a few cherry tomatoes and a few San Marzanos. Here’s a pic of the garden as of July 9, 2013. You can see a newly-constructed shade thingie over the favas. These poor beans are really hating on the hot temps here, so we’re trying to help them out with some shade. Keeping my fingers crossed for at least a few beans!
The beans are blooming and will set in no time. I plant Royal Burgundy bush beans. The flowers and beans are beautifully purple–making harvesting easier. They turn green when cooked. Aren’t the flowers pretty? Here’s a pic of the bean and potato bed as well. The dill plants itself and comes up everywhere!
Peppers are setting, sizing up and getting pick-able! Here are examples of Big Bertha bell peppers, Big Jim chiles, and Goliath jalapeno; aren’t they pretty?!
Cilantro is in full bloom. I cut some of it back to give my poor Goliath jalapenos some light and space, but I’m leaving some of them to seed another crop for this fall. Green onions are also in this bed–they’re getting huge! I planted another pack of them this week; this time planting in “bunches” instead of individually, just to see how that works.
Beets are doing great, but needed thinning. I pulled quite a few, washed and chopped the greens and sauteed them with garlic–yum!
Tomatoes are topping their tomato ladders. The grafted San Marzanos are loaded with green tomatoes, and starting to ripen near the bottoms of each plant. Grafted Mortgage Lifter has set tomatoes, as have the Aunt Ruby’s German Green and Cherokee Purples I planted from seed. The warm weather has the seeded tomatoes almost caught up to the tomatoes I bought in gallons from the Greenhouse.
I have some squash planted in pots in the garden, and quite a few out in a perennial bed that had some big “holes” from perennials that didn’t survive last winter’s cold. They’re beautiful plants with pretty blooms that look rather nice in among the perennials. This year I planted baby round zucchini–a ball-shaped heirloom–just to see how I like them, and to see if I can stay ahead of them easier than regular zucchini, and patty pans–golden scallops–the one that look like flying saucers, and buttercup–an acorn-like winter squash that is easier to stuff because it has a flat bottom. I got these out really late, and have just now picked my first round zucchini, along with the first squash bugs. Yay zucchini, boo bugs.
That’s about it for now. My basil needed pinching back today, so I’m enjoying a refreshing basil lemonade as I write today. What’s one of your favorite garden snacks?
Here are quick links to the other posts from Heidi Mae’s Garden this year: