Since the last Garden update we have harvested the last of the carrots (first carrots ever grown, planted in a container and growing for at least 4+ months), some of the radish and some of the tomatoes. Triple to quadruple the tomatoes and peppers and that’s what we’ve got from our garden started from (mostly) scratch in February.
Lets take a look at the growth of the garden since the last update.
First is a peek at the most prolific garden producer, the tomato beds.
It might not look like a lot of growth, but half of one of the Super Sweet 100 plants was chopped because it is likely diseased. Furthermore, when picking the little buggers half of them are cracked, these may do better picked before they are ripe to prevent cracking.
I’m actually surprised at the Serrano Pepper which is tall and stringy but is producing a lot. It is also the tallest of the pepper plants, followed by the Cayenne and Chocolate Peppers. One thing to note however is that the Serrano and Cayenne peppers were started from a cup with three plants that became too entangled to divide and so were planted as such.
Outside the tomatoes are loving the sun.
Maintenance of the outside tomato bed includes winding it on its trellis, picking off suckers and once a week taking off the lowest branch or two of each plant to allow maximum use of photosynthesis while the plant grows and also creating airflow as it becomes needed for the fast growing plants.
The Watermelon are exploding. In the Greenhouse, they are creating a thick, dense carpet of growth.
Outside the Watermelon are growing onward and upward with some gentle nudging and guidance from us. Pictures on the right represent the first watermelon and its journey to our table.
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Not sure exactly what happened but the cucumber plants are dying back quickly. The culprit is either disease or lack of water. The Eggplant are still growing and starting to show fruit. The Nasturtiums are staying small.
Crap! Something ate the two Eggplant on the left! Looks like the friendly gopher the dog has become chummy with (not in a way we like, the dog ignores it). This is what happens when you don’t have all precautions in place, this is the only bed (thankfully) that was planted without gopher netting or wire in place.
On the bright side, the remaining eggplant has a fruit forming to make up for the one on the decimated plant. Time to get excited about what to plant in the bed since the cucumbers are all gone….. thinking of peppers and Malabar red spinach to climb around on the trellis.
The bean and corn bed is going great, the old plants from the top middle square were taken out because they didn’t look that great and 9 more were planted in its space.
All of the Marigolds planted in pots around the beds are blooming and very happy (except for the smaller ones that were recently propagated, although they are happy to have more root space).
The next big projects in the Garden include potting up the marigold, and several cultivars of basil (Sweet, Genovese, Thai and Mrs. Burns Lemon) as well as making stands to house them in. I don’t like putting the pots directly on the ground because of all the bugs and weeds. For the marigold its fine, we don’t eat it, but for those we do eat, I prefer to raise them or put them on concrete.
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