|Lemon Boy tomato|
|Alaska variegated nasturtium|
|Royal Burgundy bush beans|
|Happy tomato plants|
|…and beet greens|
|Bright Lights Swiss Chard|
|The carrot jungle|
|Lettuce, nasturtium, cucumber vines|
|Zinnias and cosmos surrounding the mailbox|
Last week my first little baby tomato appeared, and was shortly followed by many others. Last year I didn't see the beginnings of a tomato until mid-July and we weren't eating the ripe fruit until mid- to late-August I don't think, so this was a bit of a surprise! I'm betting the cherry tomatoes will start ripening before too long and hopefully we get a lot of them so I can actually learn to cook with them. The nasturtium are starting to bloom, which I just love. I've started to spot blooms on the cucumber plants and buds on the squash/zucchini. The cauliflower and romanesco plants, which have been in the garden the longest (apart from the pea and radish seeds I planted in early March), have finally started forming heads…I'll be watching closely! Last week I pulled the pea plants out as their production was winding down and I was ready to clear a space in the garden for later season things, including more beans and a small sowing of sweet corn. The carrots I planted in April (in a rectangular patch instead of in rows) have formed their own jungle, in which I spotted a small praying mantis this morning while trying to find a few decent-sized carrots to pull. I will tell you…I really like pulling carrots.
The sunflowers are growing tall and soon I will have other blooms to enjoy apart from the nasturtium (including zinnias and cosmos). The garden is looking just gorgeous and I am still feeling grateful that things are growing outside!
Another note…last week several thunderstorms rolled through in the evenings and one of those took a large limb out of our bradford pear tree in front of the house. I knew that tree was weak and we would have to cut it down before too long, and now we certainly have a good reason. The limb fell forward down the hill and missed my garden by a foot or two…I certainly got lucky on that one. If the garden had been crushed I would have been so devastated!
I can't believe the next garden post will be in July. I guess time flies when you're having fun!