July 10, 2013
-We have or first green tomato! It is either a Boxcar Willie or an Abraham Lincoln. I'm not sure which.
-My MIL gave us most of our tomato plants, nine in total (3 Boxcar Willies, 3 Abe Lincolns, and 3 Pruden's Purples), which were all heirlooms grown from seeds from her garden last year. They're growing well in the ground alongside the two cherry tomatoes (Yellow Pear) we brought home. That's 11 tomato plants total. I've got half of them growing in our front, south-facing yard, and half in the backyard to see which location flourishes best.
-We're growing three types of carrots: Danvers, Dragons, and Paris Markets. We planted their seeds in trenches with our radishes. This method seems to have worked well for us, so I'll definitely try it again next spring.
-This is my first year growing nasturtiums, zinnias, kale, bush acorns, and melons. So far, so good.
-This is also my first year growing sunflowers, night phlox, and poppies. So far, so bad.
-In the late winter and early spring, container gardening on our front deck is great for cooler weather plants. By the time late May/Early June rolls around, however, the sun is way too intense, so we'll need to relocate those containers to the back deck for more shade. Poor peas.
-I was worried our backyard would be too shady for most sun-loving plants, but although it doesn't get much sun in the winter, it's definitely too intense for salad greens now. My arugula, spinach, lettuces and endives are all bitter and bolting like crazy in this 90° weather we've been consistently having.
-Our pepper plants are flowering already! This is the first time in the last three years that we've had such warm weather so early here.
So that's my garden so far. I'm still planning on planting a few more vegetables, and experimenting with some herbs and flowers in garden boxes and containers, but I'm pleased with how well things are growing so far in this new place of ours.
How's your garden this year?