It’s been brutal in the garden this week, and there’s no relief in sight. The forecast for the next ten days calls for highs in the mid 90s to low 100s. It’s almost Labor Day, and I’m working hard not to get heat exhaustion while trying to get gardening chores done. And there are a lot of chores to be done. It’s transition time here – the summer garden remains and the fall crops need to be prepared for – and it’s blazing hot!! In fact, it’s so hot still that I’m going to have to start some of my fall crops indoors under grow lights for the first time, so they’ll germinate. How’s that for a switch? Well, in spite of the heat, I still have some pictures to share. This week’s garden photos!
This week has been a wonderful garden week – temperatures in the upper 60s to upper 70s, plants actually growing (finally), my seedlings getting bigger, and the first day of spring! Woohoo! Spring! I spent quite a bit of time out in the garden this week, and I loved it. This week’s garden pictures!
It’s a time of transition at the homestead. Some of my spring crops have finished their production and have been pulled from the garden (cucumbers and snap beans) while others are still producing (tomatoes and peppers). Yet still others seem to be between crops – flowering again after the first round was done (lima beans and raspberries). And there are several beds fallow, awaiting seed for fall crops. My fig tree is laden with figs not yet ripe, and my key lime tree is producing for the first time. Yes, my homestead contains a gamut of gardening growth. Come take a look!
It’s been a drier week in my garden the past seven days. We had a chance to dry out from the deluge, and we got a nice steady rain (one inch) Saturday, so I didn’t have to water anything (other than my potted plants). Harvests are still coming in, especially tomatoes and peppers. I harvested most of the last of my lettuce (see the picture above, which shows my Red Sails lettuce), and I’m very happy to have had it through July. Next month I plant lettuce again. My carrots are almost ready, too. (The ones in the picture could stand to get a little fatter.) I’m excited that my experiment to plant them among the tomatoes, where they’d be shaded from the intense heat of the summer sun), was so successful! I’m definitely going to do that again next year, giving me a crop of carrots growing almost year round. More!