We’re finally drying out a bit here, and it got quite hot (high 80s) for a few days. I’m battling new bugs (aphids on the snow peas and whiteflies on a couple tomato plants), but the neem oil seems to be working, thankfully. In preparing for this week’s update, I was amazed at the amount of growth in my plants just since last week. (The above picture is a view of most of my beds.) Green and growing? Then all is well!
SOON READY TO HARVEST
My potato plants are starting to die back. Once the tops are “dead,” I can harvest the potatoes two weeks later. (The two weeks gives the potato skins time to “harden” so the potatoes will keep longer.)
My white Texas Granex onions are also starting to die back, so the onion harvest is around the corner.
Now that the rains have eased up, my strawberries are no longer rotting on the vine and they are much sweeter.
My lettuce is growing well. The seed I sowed beginning of April has grown almost to the point of harvest now. My little experiment of planting them between the pepper plants seems to be working so far.
As much as I would love to harvest my icicle radishes, I have to watch them plump up but leave them alone. They’re supposed to help the squash by fighting off the squash bugs. Hope my self-control is worth it!
Yes, my tomato plants are starting to set fruit!
Remember my celery forest in the compost bin? It regrew from the roots I threw away last fall. Well, it’s flowering!
My squash, zucchini, and pumpkin are all starting to bud.
My peppers are flowering like crazy now.
My snap beans and my lima beans are close to getting flowers.
My pickling cucumbers are throwing tendrils towards the trellis. My green and white cucumbers should be doing that soon. They’re so much bigger than 2 weeks ago!
I planted Red Sails lettuce two weeks after my other lettuce, and it germinated and is growing well.
My watermelons and melons haven’t grown much, but they’re starting to grow now. Must be because it’s getting hot.
My tomatillos are growing like wildfire! Unfortunately, what I thought was a baby tomatillo inside the flower didn’t make it. Maybe it wasn’t fertilized. There are bees around now, so I’m hoping to see tomatillos growing soon.
My artichokes are getting large already! I wish I could get artichokes from them this year, but I’ll have to wait until next season for that.
My berry bed is overflowing! The strawberries are almost a foot tall, loaded with flowers and ripening strawberries (the bottom half of the bed in the picture below). I have so many raspberry canes now – leaves and flowers on old and new canes – that I don’t know how I’m going to find all the berries to harvest them! (Raspberry canes are on the top of the bed.) See how much the raspberries have grown in the past four weeks.
Gardening is a lot of work and requires much patience, but the rewards of harvest are well worth it. My mouth is salivating already!