Good morning, everyone. I have to admit…after the past excruciating week at work, I don’t know what day of the week it is or whether I’m coming or going. I had such a to-do list for the garden and the yard, but I didn’t anticipate such long hours at work. So, alas, the to-do list remains “to do,” unfortunately. However, I did get a chance to harvest a couple of times and get some pictures of the garden for you, though. Hope you enjoy!
Okay, this isn’t totally new, but it’s new again. My raspberry canes are starting to bloom again.
IN THE GARDEN:
The spider lilies in my compost bin (awaiting fall transplanting) have finished blooming, but my ornamental ginger has flowers.
My lime green coleus plants are still blooming, despite the heat.
The coleus is doing well in my shade garden. I wish I could say my heuchera (coral bells) were. Of the twelve plants I put in my shade garden in April, only two or three have survived. The heat was just too much for them. 😦 At least my hostas are growing. I have two Patriot hostas and one Vulcan hosta, and they had only two leaves each when I planted them.
My favorite crepe myrtle tree is in full bloom now. I love these fuschia blossoms.
When I went to harvest yesterday, I couldn’t believe how many peppers were on my Filius Blue plants.
I’m still having trouble with my tomatoes. I have over 50 tomato plants, and I’m throwing away more than half the harvest every time. Then, after the tomatoes sit on my counter to finish ripening, I lose half again to some kind of mold or fungus. Each week or so, I may get a dozen tomatoes (besides cherry tomatoes) I can actually eat from 50 plants! <sigh> Here’s what I actually hauled into the house this week: 3.5 pounds of tomatoes, 3.4 pounds of peppers (almost all chilis), 3.4 pounds of eggplant, almost half a pound of okra, 3/4 pound of elderberries, and just shy of 18 pounds of watermelon!
Unless otherwise noted, produce identification is from the top, clockwise.
HARVEST July 20:
My second picking of elderberries was much larger than the first couple.
My eggplant aren’t growing well now. They’re small and several of them fell off the vine. Strange.
My small tomato harvest. (Small for having 50 plants, that is.)
Most of my chili peppers are doing well. My lemon drop peppers should be huge and covered in fruit by now, but I just picked my first handful of them. My jalapenos look fried, and my cubanelles are just starting to really produce. The Black Hungarian have been okay, and the fish peppers are just starting to turn red. What have been doing well are the hot cherry peppers, the cayenne peppers, the pepperoncini, the Filius Blue, and the serranos. (Don’t even talk to me about my sweet peppers. I’m still waiting to pick more than one or two.)
HARVEST July 26:
This is my largest harvest of elderberries. I have only a handful of clusters left on my trees. This batch was a little over half a pound of berries, and it took me over an hour to pluck them from the twigs.
Yummy watermelon! Unfortunately, one white watermelon was split (waited too long to harvest it), two red watermelons were punctured by grubs of some sort, and my first honeydew was attacked by pickle worms. At least I have these. I can’t wait to try the red one; it’s my first time growing this variety.
Another few tomatoes.
I had to cut and throw away most of my okra because it had gotten too big (and would be very tough). But I did get these few. And more peppers. Even some Cubanelle. Time for stuffed peppers AND the dehydrator!
IN THE KITCHEN:
Pulling elderberries from the cluster is tedious, but I filled up this bowl – then they all went into the freezer. After the harvest is complete, I’m hoping to have enough elderberries to make elderberry syrup.
I love arranging colorful chili peppers and taking pictures of them. Aren’t they beautiful? HOT-HOT-HOT!
What’s happening in your garden?