Tropical Storm Ana formed off the coast of South Carolina this week and definitely affected our weather. My homestead is about 25-30 miles from the beach, so we didn’t didn’t get as much rain as other areas and it wasn’t as heavy. Steady, soaking rain is good! It’s been fairly breezy off and on for the past three days, too – ebbing and flowing with the storm bands. And now, the humidity is setting in. Ugh. Thanks, Ana. Fortunately, the garden is doing well, as you shall see.
Before the storm formed this past week, I staked my tomato plants (all but the Tiny Tim tomatoes). You’re looking at 51 stakes! The tomato plants will be growing up the stakes before I know it.
Most of my peppers, both sweet and chili, are starting to bud – despite their small size. (I’m sure they’ll have major growth spurts once the weather turns hot and humid.)
About half of my tomato plants are starting to bud and bloom.
My Edirne Purple Striped eggplant are the first to bud.
One of my fingerling potato plants is blooming.
I found the first tomatoes on one of my Tiny Tim plants. Look how little they are.
My raspberry canes are full of flowers, and some canes already have small fruit forming.
My hydrangea are starting to bloom.
IN THE GARDEN:
Thankfully, I had no damage from the tropical storm. However, my cucumber trellis was blown down. I’m glad the plants aren’t big enough yet to attach to the trellis, else they would’ve been ripped out of the ground!
I finally got a picture of the female cardinal that comes to my feeder.
My onion flowers are almost all open. I love allium flowers.
One of my elderberry trees is in full bloom (the other one just starting). I have a cane that’s looking rather purplish-red; still unsure why.
The pink astilbe in my L Garden are blooming beautifully.
The grape flowers are opening up.
The Red Sails lettuce I planted among my sweet peppers is growing very well.
Last year, I planted three dahlias on one side of my patio. So far, two of them have grown back. (My plan to weed and top dress the mulch around my patio this weekend was washed out, so excuse the messy surroundings.)
The first tomato on my Black Krim tomato cutting (cut from last year’s plant) is growing well. I’ll be having my first tomato extra early this year!
This week, I harvested 3 ounces of Tom Thumb peas, which I used in a stir fry (sorry – forgot to take a picture), and 11 ounces of Fordhook chard.
Many of the leaves of the chard had been attacked by leaf miners and spider mites, so I had to compost them. However, I still used the stems to make Roasted Swiss Chard Stems. I should’ve had a picture to show you for my “In the Kitchen” section, but they barely made it off the cookie sheet before I had eaten them! Trust me, they were yummy!
What’s happening in your garden this week?