August 2012 Garden Update
First, I am happy to report my computer is online. Parts fixed, programs re-installed, I am finally able to function again! And that’s good, because my garden has been in full swing:
Here is one tomato bed–huge and green towers of tomatoes. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember which plants I put where, and got my tall and short towers mixed up.
This is my other tomato bed. It’s so strange, because these were all treated the same way, but these plants are quite a bit smaller. Still, they are producing tons of tomatoes, so I’m not complaining.
Here is my first tomato harvest. Aren’t they beautiful?
And here is what I picked yesterday. Note that the bowl in back is the same as in the photo above. More than twice as many–salsa time!
I have pulled the peas and lettuce out of this garden, but still have kale, green beans, a few onions, and collards growing in the middle. On the left side I threw in some sunflowers. I was hoping the trellis would help support them. They’re just getting tall enough to reach it, so we’ll see if it was a success.
On the right are my cucumbers and baby pumpkins. they are starting to grow up the trellis now–I planted them rather late.
Here are the green beans I harvested last week–enough to serve for dinner.
And this is what I picked yesterday–4 1/2 pounds!
As you can see, most of my onions have fallen over naturally. It’s interesting–the ones still standing are planted from transplants (tiny little onion plants) instead of sets. I have pushed them over so they will be ready to harvest soon.
This is a close up of what my onions look like in the garden. I have to say, that usually my onions are ready WAY before my tomatoes, so I am liking the Walls O Water I used!
On the left are pumpkins, and the right is zucchini. I have picked one zucchini (hurray) and made a delicious zucchini lasagna (recipe coming soon). The brown stuff in front is cilantro that I’m letting go to seed so I can collect them. The middle is a cherry tomato that never recovered from spring trauma, and the right is soy beans. I’ve never grown them, and I planted them late. They look really yellow, so I’m going to look into fertilizing them. Also in this bed are a few green beans and carrots.
This bed has my peppers, eggplant, and potatoes. As you can see the potatoes keep trying to take over. I’ve dug up a few for dinner, but to my surprise they keep flowering and growing like crazy.
Here is my first harvest of peppers (bell, Anaheim?, and jalapeno). The middle ones are definitely hot, but they don’t seem big enough to be Anaheim to me. Since then I’ve picked 3 Big Jims as well.
This is my first year growing eggplant, and here’s my first fruit. I’m so excited!
I need to get on the ball and replant for fall. And can salsa. And freeze green beans. Summer is coming to an end!