It’s that happy time of year when the garden looks beautiful, the tomatoes are growing but aren’t red yet, and there’s not much to do but come out and gather your dinner veggies.
The onions are doing fabulous and I can’t wait until I can pull them up and braid them! I’ve never successfully grown onions before, but these guys that I started back in February are growing right along.
This year I’m finally learning how to make proper compost. My husband built me a double bin out of pallets in the beginning of July. We put all the old straw from the chicken coop, layered in some ashes from the fireplace and all of the trimmings from mowing the garden. I’ve been keeping it watered and have turned it twice now, and just like that – DIRT! I can’t believe how quickly that went!
We’ve been snacking on our first grapes, and we’ve got our first eggplant growing. The Chapalote corn has tasseled, and the sweet corn is growing taller. The tomato plants are chock full of green tomatoes. A handful of the Grappoli d’invierno tomatoes have ripened, but sadly aren’t very flavorful. I’m not sure what went wrong there.
Pests have thankfully not been too much of a problem this year. We successfully squished all of the cucumber beetles before they were able to infest the tomatillos, and I’ve been periodically washing down the kale and Brussel sprouts to keep the cabbage aphids at bay. Our biggest problem is that a few squirrels have been eating our Brussel sprouts, kale and lettuce. We’ve been trying to trap them, but it’s not working. Yesterday I started some new seedlings that will hopefully produce for a fall garden.
By the look of my tomato plants, I’m going to be very busy soon, canning up all of that summertime goodness.
How is your garden growing? 🙂