I’ve been waiting all day to be able to post this. I literally had these photos done by 730 this morning and here it is 1030 at night when I should be sleeping. It’s been a good day but a day that has been full of family and friends being together and the in between has been time to sit and just be. So I may pay for this in the morning but I really wanted to get this update up.
The garden is thriving and I couldn’t be happier. We are now enjoying garden goodies daily. One of my regrets is not planting more lettuce earlier on but I will be planting more this week.
Let’s start in the big garden, the tomatoes are doing lovely. I must admit though, they are now getting to the point of growing like crazy and I’m a little overwhelmed with the upkeep. I thought I’d be able to do weekly up keeping but I’m finding it now has to be done every few days. I can’t complain though, they have some beautiful looking tomatoes on them!
I have thinned everything out to the best of my ability and now it’s just weeding and harvesting to do. One variety of carrot did really well, the other is pretty sparse. The seeds were a few years old so that’s likely why. My terrible planting is really evident by how much (or little) space is between things. I’ll be pulling all the radishes this week. We aren’t huge radish eaters so I didn’t plant a lot but what I did plant has done really well. I’m actually really impressed because I’ve tried to grow them several times with no luck. The three varieties of lettuce I tried growing did absolutely nothing – there is some romaine growing though. In the place of the radishes and where the lettuce didn’t grow I’ll be planting a mixed variety of lettuce which I have been growing in a container and we really like. I’m not sure how the beets are doing, but judging by their tops I think they are ok. The spinach and kale are doing really great, I did a big harvest today which is almost gone already, we are eating greens like crazy lately.
Now the smaller garden:
The butternut squash plants are struggling, I’m not sure if I let them grow too long in small pots before planting them. I’m going to pick up a plant tonic to try out and see if that makes them happier.
The spaghetti squash, zucchini’s, and cucumbers are doing well though:
The pumpkin seeds I thought were duds finally sprouted. I doubt anything will produce from them but I’m willing to wait and see.
The flowers are doing well other than the Violas which I’m pretty sure never germinated, there are some plants growing there that I’m almost positive are just weeds but I can’t pull them just in case!
The greenhouse gardens are doing well. Everything is coming up, some more slowly than others but I have high hopes. I ended up deadheading the snapdragons after this photo.
The greenhouse plants seem to be doing well – the peppers especially. The tomatoes I’m not sure about, one of them seems to just be shooting high with very little branches. I’m interested to see if it produces much. I’m really excited about the amount of blooms starting on the habanero’s and there’s a few peppers growing already.
The deck tomatoes are doing so much better than I expected and our container strawberries started to really produce!
Now it’s way past my bedtime and 5am is going to come quickly! I have some posts brewing in the back of my mind so I hope to get some time to jot those down. For now I’ll just say see you next week! If you have a garden blog please share it with me, I’m obsessed with browsing gardens 🙂