Archive for July, 2010

Gold in the Sun

Friday, July 30th, 2010

My Sungold tomato plants are producing and I’ve already eaten a few. They sure are tasty.

My other tomatoes like the cherry/grape tomatoes have flowers but haven’t set fruit yet. That’s a bit odd since they usually are ready before the Sungold.

I ate my first cucumber today. There are more on the way.

My beets are about 1 inch in diameter. Bush beans are also ready and pole beans will be ready soon.

First Beans

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I picked my first green beans today. They are up to the top of the poles. Cucumbers are about 1-1/2 inches long. Got to keep them watered otherwise they will turn bitter.

Basil is about 12″ inches high, pretty good since they were seeds a little while ago.

Because the warm weather has been so late, I’m really pushing the liquid fertilizer to give them a boost. I’m still using a balanced fertilizer like 5-5-5 or 20-20-20 because I want the whole plant to get bigger. Later I will switch to a different fertilizer to promote flowers and fruits.

In Defense of Raspberries

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The birds have been attacking the raspberries now that they are ripening.

I put row cover on one set to keep the birds off, and I put a red and silver reflector tape over another set of raspberries and it seems to be working. The birds must not like the reflecting of the sun in the breeze and are staying away.

My cucumbers are setting fruit. I also have some Sun Gold tomatoes ripening on the vine.

Summer!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Wow, what a heat wave. I’ve been watching the weather report to see when the heat wave will end. I’ve watered the garden every day during this heat wave.

Tomatoes like the heat, but not that much heat which is why I watered daily. Lots of things like beans and squash are starting to grow now that it is finally summer weather.

Meanwhile, the raspberries are ripe and tasty. I picked and shelled the peas. The sugar snap and flat chinese peas have all been picked and eaten. They taste so much better right from the garden.

Basil (Finally!)

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

One month later than normal, I’m going to finally plant the basil that I started from seed that I’ve been keeping inside until we finally got some summer weather.

I will cover them with row cover to keep them warm if the nights stay cool.

Happy 4th of July!