Early July Garden Progress Report

Same old same old as far as harvest goes, Yellow Perfection Tomato, the last of the Tumbling Toms, a small Chocolate Pepper, and a Strawberry or two. The main exception to this is the ripening of the Mystery Tomato. The plant was either grown from seed and the marker got lost, in which case it is a “Hillbilly,” otherwise it is from a friend of a friend and needed a home, so here it is growing up happily in the garden and producing massive fruit.

Tomatoes, Pepper and Strawberry                 Mystery Tomato — Hillbilly?

Now that we’ve seen the fruits, lets see how the garden itself is faring, especially after topdressing it on Thursday.

25 June                                              1 July

You can clearly see the leaf discoloration on the front tomato. You can also see the little buggers turning ripe. The leaves are being left on because the plant is essentially stripping the leaves of nutrients, they will probably be taken off sometime this week at which point the soil media will be able to provide enough nutrients for proper growth.

In the Greenhouse resides the Mystery Tomato. Also a Praying Mantis!

Outside Tomatoes are great, they just need more consistent watering.

25 June                                            1 July

Still growing upwards, slowly and steadily.

Julia Childs’                                        Black Zebra

Paul Robeson                                                         Blondkopfchen

The greenhouse Watermelon have a new trellis to climb on, and a second tier is already needed!

25 June                                                  28 June

1 July

The trellis is made up of metal bars on the corners of the bed, screwed in real tight, and then white nylon netting is stretched tightly over. The vines are then trellised across the netting and eventually up over the next layer(s) as well.

Notice how the plant went from being unhappily moved and sprawled across the trellis to perked up in just a few days.

Outside Watermelon are still growing through the netting:

25 June                                               1 July

The nasturtiums were pruned back to allow for more root space for the watermelon. Not sure how well nasturtiums like being pruned, but some are quite big and as good a companion plant they may be, 2 or 3 can easily be taken out without much harm. We have a total of 7 Watermelon babies right now. Yeah!

The eggplant seems to be recovering, the large mushy fruit was cut off last week and composted. Two baby eggplants are popping up already and the foliage is more firm now too.

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The Radish are poking up through the soil. The Malabar Red Spinach is perking up and thrusting out leaves and a nice vine is forming, getting ready to be maneuvered onto the trellis.

Malabar Red Spinach in a pot. It needs more vertical space to sprawl!

Despite nightmares of gophers, the Bean and Corn  bed is surviving:

25 June                                                                      1 July

The corn has tassels and the beans are finally forming! The gopher hasn’t popped up much this week, lets keep our fingers crossed and our shovels ready.

Thanks for tuning in this week, the garden is looking good and the view from the back porch improves everyday. For more gardens, check out Daphne’s Dandelions.

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6 Responses to Early July Garden Progress Report

  1. Rick says:

    What a beautiful garden! I love your outside tomato trellis!

  2. maryhysong says:

    You have some really nice looking plants going on there! Lovely variety of tomatoes.

  3. Your tomatoes look divine! I really like all of your support structures 🙂 Everything looks great!

  4. dorothy says:

    Love how lush and green everything is looking!!! It’s so fun to watch itty bitty watermelons grow into monsters, too 🙂

  5. Your garden looks fantastic. I like the side-by-side pictures – its a great way to see how much your vegetables are growing!

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