Summer has finally arrived–with the heat, thunderstorms, and all. Thank goodness! These pictures are a little late, they were taken two weeks ago. Unfortunately, I had two wisdom teeth removed, and it’s knocked me out pretty thoroughly. I took these the day before the surgery, and haven’t been at the computer since.
To say my broccoli is huge would be an understatement. They almost took up 4 squares each. The good news about that–I had THREE harvests of broccoli before it got too warm. I had read about harvesting the main head, fertilizing and getting side shoots, but this is the first year I’ve experienced it! I seriously got as much broccoli from my second and third cuttings as I did from the initial heads I harvested.
And, my peas doubled in height since last month, and have since been producing delicious, crisp pods. YUM! I keep harvesting my parsley to keep it growing well, though it is infested with aphids. I have yet to tackle that problem.
Here are onions, two more broccoli plants, and even more onions. I planted cucumbers and a cherry tomato on the left, but they are too small to see in this picture. I also planted beets on the front-right, and Swiss chard in the back. As it grew I kept wondering what it was, and I had to go back to my garden plan to figure it out (this is my first year growing chard).
The big plants you see are spinach, and I harvest it nearly every other day. Remember, the more you harvest, the more it grows! The tomato cages look pretty optimistic, since the plants are just tiny in this picture. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll get any tomatoes at all!
The happy plants are lettuce and green beans. The spindly sad plants are peppers. I hope it makes everyone feel better to see some of my utter failures. I’m seriously going to the store to buy more pepper plants in the slight chance that I might harvest some of my own and not have to buy them to make salsa.
Here are three more tomato plants, but I only caged one of them. The other two are surrounded by lettuce and chard–I should have put the cages in sooner, because now I don’t have the heart to crush them. I know it won’t be long before the lettuce is harvested, and I’m thinking of transplanting the chard, since it should produce all summer.
So there is my garden in the middle of June. All the hardy and semi-hardy veggies are thriving, and my tender veggies are struggling. Now the heat has kicked in, I expect the tide to turn, and I’ve already seen a lot of growth.
Isn’t it just like life, though? I mean, we can’t control the weather, but every season and situation comes with its advantages and disadvantages. I may be short on salsa, but my family has feasted on broccoli, lettuce, spinach, and peas. Some years we barely have a spring, and then are overrun with tomatoes. So it goes!Happy gardening!