This Memorial Day weekend has been hot and sunny, and I got a lot done in the garden ~ fertilizing, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. The warm weather, along with the rain we got a few days ago, have caused growth spurts in every bed! Peppers, tomatoes, and beans are fruiting. Eggplant, beans, cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash are flowering. The picture above is a double-blossom male zucchini flower. I have never seen that before.
THIS WEEK’S HARVEST:
Even though it’s late spring, I still harvested several things this week. I harvested all my purple potatoes and one bucket of my fingerling potatoes. They were smaller than I thought they’d be and I didn’t get as many as I was hoping for, but it’s not bad for my first time growing potatoes.
I also harvested all my garlic ~ over five dozen bulbs! It’s now braided and hanging in my kitchen to cure.
I harvested the rest of the Red Creole onions, but left five in the ground to produce seed for next year.
I pulled up some of my watermelon radishes. They were large and juicy!
I can’t believe how well my lettuce is growing…here…in South Carolina…in May!
My white onions are ready to harvest, so I’ll pull them up next weekend.
I have tomatoes all over my roma, mortgage lifter, black krim, and blue tomato plants. Today, I actually found some fruit hiding among the leaves on my Riesentraube (cherry) tomato plants.
I saw my first green bean the other day; soon I’ll have dozens!
There are several small butternut squash on my plants.
One of my pepperoncini plants is producing very strange fruit. I believe the company I got the seed from inadvertently packaged seed that had been cross-pollinated with bell peppers. I have fruit that is pepperoncini color in the shape of a bell pepper! The fruit starts out normally, but then widens into a bell pepper shape. Funky looking, isn’t it?
NEW FLOWERS IN THE GARDEN:
My spaghetti squash and pumpkin are starting to put out male flowers.
I have two Peruvian peppers in my garden. The rocoto peppers are starting to bud. They’ll soon open up to be beautiful, deep purple flowers.
I have quite a few buds on my Black Beauty eggplant. (By the way, the double bud I mentioned in an earlier post soon fell off, so I’ll never know what a Siamese twin eggplant looks like.)
My chard seedlings are almost ready to thin out (and eat).
My Tom Thumb lettuce is ready to harvest. I ate a head this weekend ~ crisp and yummy! Red Sails lettuce is around the Tom Thumb and is just mature enough for harvesting the leaves.
The icicle radishes I planted among my squash and cucumbers are bolting. It’s amazing how tall they are!
Finally, my watermelons and melons are actually growing. I guess they needed warmer weather.
Have you planted your spring garden yet? Harvesting anything? Comment below and let me know what’s happening in your garden!