The summer has finally started! Up until late July, the weather has been cool and kind of rainy - never getting above mid-70's (I know people in the midwest and east are growling as they read this, but it is true!) I've been babying my little garden along and finally now that the heat has set in, my plants are growing like crazy.
So let's meander down through the garden, shall we?
Pepper plants - happy against the white house and light stone pathways - very hot
Can you see the peppers? Hopefully they'll turn red by the end of the summer!
Romaine lettuce that grew in the cool shade of the tomato plants. Looks like we're having some Cesear salad soon.
Bush bean plants - I thought I planted the rows far apart, but I guess I didn't. Purple, yellow, and green beans.
Walla walla sweet onions - this is my first year growing these. So far, I think, so good.
The squash plants. This bed is on the east part of the house and I planted so many plants because I was afraid they wouldn't grow. Well, they are growing like crazy vines. Right into the dogs' poop patch!
Eggplant - my first Millionaire. Yeah! These are fantastic brushed with a little EVOO and grilled or roasted. They have a sweet nutty flavor.
I noticed that a few of my plants were looking a little droopy and yellow. So I figured it was time to give them a little liquid boost. I've used fish fertilizer in the past for seedlings, but never on a large scale for the garden. First of all, fish fertlizer is organic and water soluable - which is great. But it stinks - oh lordy does it stink.
I have this old miracle grow sprayer from back in the day before I went organic. I use this sprayer for watering my plants because it has a great spray. But then I had this great idea to put about a half cup of fish fertilizer in this and add water and see how it goes. Well it worked great - but smelly smelly yard! (can I just say that the next day, my plants looked so perky and happy)
This leggy tomato plant has been sitting in its pot, waiting for the peas to peter out so I could pull them out and plant this tomato. Finally, this past week I decided to pull the plug on the peas (they were still going!) and put the tomato plant where it needs to go. Would you believe there were roots coming out the little water drainage hole in the bottom?
I gave all my tomatoes a nice haircut and pruning session.
Tomatoes, bush beans, and onions
Beginnings of Cherokee Purple tomato
San Marzano 'Gigante' roma tomatoes - it looks like I'm going to have a steady supply for salsa and sauces.
Roma plant after it's haircut