July 5th Garden Update

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I hope you all had a fabulous Fourth of July!  We spent our day roofing & painting, we’re real thrill-seekers here I tell ya! 😉

I meant to share a garden update here at least monthly, & I just realized it’s been two months since I last posted anything garden related, oops!

Things are really growing, despite the high temps lately, it’s just taken a little extra care in watering to keep things alive.

I’ve been really surprised by the resilience of my lettuce on these sweltering days.  As long as I keep my lettuce pots out of the direct, afternoon sun, they do very well!  We’ve had several salads from the two pots that I planted, I just pick the outer leafs & they keep right on producing.

I have 4 roma tomato plants this year, the plants seem to be doing well & I see lots of green tomatoes!  Still waiting on the first ripened one yet.  There’s also an eggplant stuck in the middle there, he’s showing lots of potential as well. :-)

 Green peppers {not sure what’s going on with the runt of the litter in the back-left, I’ll have to give him a little pep-talk}

We’ve been enjoying lots of these yummy things!

I planted another whole row of peas a few weeks ago & all I got was 4 little seedlings up, pretty sure I have a case of the grubs, not so cool.

I’m attempting to have these gourd vines grow up these tomato cages, has anyone successfully done this?  Any advice?

The green bean plants are getting big!  I planted these much later than I would have liked so I haven’t had any to pick yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long & I’ll have way more than 2 people can eat {at least that’s what I’m hoping for!}.

The pumpkin vines are growing like mad!  This is a bit of an experiment this year.  I’m attempting to corral these in a not-so-large space, I’ll keep you updated on how that goes.

And here’s my watermelon vines that I’m growing right next door to those mad pumpkins, in the not-so-large spot.  This could be interesting.  Look at the cute, little baby watermelon…

There’s a few weird things growing in our garden this year too.  You see, because we’re super smart, last Fall we threw our old pumpkin back in the garden area to become disgusting rest in peace.  Well of course, all of those seeds did their thing & starting growing like crazy this Spring.  I did my best to clear out the old seeds & put an end to their existence {I’m not a mean person, really!  They just weren’t growing in the appropriate areas!}.  But, this guy just wouldn’t give up, & so, I’ve decided to let him show me what he’s got.

This pumpkin & this watermelon {I don’t even remember throwing a watermelon out back here!} are also, ahem, unplanned.  But, their resilience has won out, they’ve earned a spot, however out of order they may be.

 In my backyard boxes, the rainbow chard is hanging in there.  I haven’t figured out how I want to try cooking this yet, so for now it’s been more ornamental than anything, but that’s okay, I think it’s really pretty.

I finally have some carrots growing!  For some reason, I’ve never had much luck with carrots before, so I’m hoping this is finally my year!

I’m also trying to grow celery this year.  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone local talk about growing celery before so I’m not even sure if it grows well in our area, but I thought I’d give it a shot anyhow.  I had 4 plants, I’m down to these 2, we’ll see what happens.

 I LOVED finding a couple of these beautiful monarch caterpillars on my dill the other morning!  They may not be the best for my plants, but they’re so cool I didn’t even care.

How’s your garden growing?

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