June 20, 2012 - Wednesday's Walk Around the Garden (part 2)

The tomatoes on the west fence are the least lush, but all are fruiting.  I fertilized and gave them some fish emulsion yesterday.


 I ran out of room in the gardens, so even the irrigation system cover holds potted plants.  There are three peppers, a Pixie tomato, a bucket of Fortex pole beans (being grown for seeds) and a pot of flowers that just got clipped back, hoping they will blossom again.


 Tomato Alley, where the best tomato plants grow big and lush.  The three pots of peppers in the front have lost their identification tags.


 This unidentified pepper is probably a Happy Yummy, but I don't know if it's the sweet or the hot variety.


 Victor


 Bloody Butcher


 Mountain Princess


 Rio Fuego


 Four O'Clocks have volunteered everywhere.  I've probably pulled out a hundred or more already, and they're in dire need of removal again.  The special color (salmon, from Ed) has been marked so it will not get weeded out.


 A lone Black Cherry tomato at the corner of the patio.


 Under the lilac tree, the purple alyssum is now blooming, the zinnias are beginning to fill out, the chives are reproducing and the sweet potatoes are growing in the barrel.


 The sweet potato slips aren't growing very fast, they really need some hot weather.


 Sweet potato slips, grown as a vine in the hanging planter, are doing better than those in the garden.


 There are two broccoli plants under the lilac tree, too.  They haven't yet begun to form heads.


 Yukon Gold potatoes.


 Walla Walla sweet onions.


 Russet Norkota potatoes look close to dying back.


 Only a few Walla Walla Sweets left in this bed, and it looks like they'll soon have to be pulled.


 Dark Red Norland potatoes.


 The later planted Silver Queen corn is about 2 feet high now.


 A pot of cantaloupe is growing faster than those in the main garden.


Hard to see, but there is a pot of Spacemaster cucumbers behind the nasturtium pots, and it has already given us two nice cucumbers.


34 comments:

  1. I so want some cukes. I really miss them and now that it is 98 out I really feel the need. I know in a few weeks I'll be inundated, but for now I'm forced to wait.

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    1. Daphne, I really don't like them, except as pickles or relish, but Mr. Granny loves them. He said the first one was really good, he gets the second one tonight.

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  2. Everything looks great! I am glad to see that I am not the only one who looses track of what plant is what. My labeling system this year was a big fail. The ink faded off the markers. I "think" I have been harvesting anaheim peppers. I hope they have not been the red marconi ;).

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    1. Agriburbia, the peppers and tomatoes in the garden have been entered on a spreadsheet, but the loose tags in pots are subject to little visiting hands, and seem to disappear! Then, as the season wears on and I replant the beds, I lose all interest in keeping track.....so I know not what is planted where and when, LOL!

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  3. For the last week I've been able to go out and pick blueberries in the early morning and put them directly in pancakes. Just that small experience has reminded me how amazing it must be to go out into the yard and come back with dinner! Your family are lucky people.

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    1. Dianefaith, Mr. Granny is actually requesting his huge salad of garden lettuce and any extras I can find to put into it, along with that from scratch ranch dressing. He wants one every night! I tried to talk him into a new dressing recipe, but he said I hit the jackpot with that last one, he wants no other. It only took me fifty years to get him to like fresh garden lettuce. Tonight our potatoes and veggie came straight from the garden, too. I love it!

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  4. Your garden is so pretty! With all the varieties of tomatoes you'll be having variety all summer! What's your favorite tomato type?

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    1. Thank you Gracie. Hmmm, that's a difficult question. I'd have to say my favorite is Brandywine, but I'm not growing any indeterminate large tomatoes this year. We really like the plum/cherry Una Heartsock and I've had some good tasting Homestead. A huge producer of small salad sized tomatoes was Bloody Butcher, but I think Victor will out produce it this year. I attended a blind taste test at our local nursery last year, and the two I picked as my favorites, even over the heirlooms, were Celebrity and Super Fantastic.

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  5. Your plants all look wonderful! I use fish emulsion also and have had wonderful luck with it! You can tell they are very well taken care of!!! Happy Gardening! Mindy

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    1. Mindy, it's too bad that stuff smells so horrid. It sure does give the veggies a good boost when they need it.

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  6. looks great! I think you are going to have a great year for tomatoes!

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    1. Mrs. P., I hope so, I didn't can nearly enough of them last year, and I'm almost out of salsa, too.

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  7. your garden always amazes me!!! everything is perfect and i don't know how you keep it so well-weeded!

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    1. Kelli, thank you. It's really not that difficult as long as I do a little every day or two. I probably don't spend more than an hour a week with hoe and rake. I spend more time puttering around then working!

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  8. Very exciting to see your expanded garden so lush with so much growth and promise of harvest to come.

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    1. Rachel, I'm loving the extra space, but now I'm wondering what on earth I'll plant as each crop is finished!

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  9. Everything in your garden looks fantastic!

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  10. Beautiful! I can probably scroll through your garden pictures all day :)

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  11. Is it wrong to covet your garden? Hey it keeps me inspired and that's all that matters. ;-)

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    1. Awwww, 1st Man, you just covet to your heart's content! You inspire me....it's a mutual admiration :-)

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  12. Your garden is so fabulous. I know I need to take some lessons from you. My boys usually abscond with the plant tags, so unless I go hunting for them everyday and replace them, I never know what is planted! Can't wait to see the second half of the garden.

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments, Nartaya.

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  13. ps your baby tomatoes are killing me. mine are charlie brown trees still. (but perking up with the nice weather finally). My beans too were very bug eaten and I had to replant a bunch after the intense rains. Some were rotted, some got eaten. now the new batch is sprouting and coming in, the older ones have gotten a new set of lighter green and very healthy looking leaves on them and they have little runners. It's an odd looking line b/c some are moth eaten looking, some are light green in centers , some have runners and some are just sprouted.

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    1. Amy T. (fleur), that's how all of my pole beans look. I was almost tempted to go buy some insect killer....almost. Didn't do it.

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  14. Your garden looks great as always! I agree with 1st man about coveting your garden. If I had the space, mine would look very similiar.

    Isn't 'Victor' tomato amazing in regards to production? Mine were planted rather late, but are already setting loads of fruit.

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    1. Ed, Victor is loaded with tomatoes. I might be glad I gave the #2 plant to my son, I'd really be in tomato overload!

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  15. Love the sun/shade pictures, can almost picture myself out there with a cool drink stolling around in late afternoon. Your garden is beautiful!

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    1. David, thanks. I like to sit in the kennel garden in the shade. Usually I have pole beans climbing the west side, so it's nice and cool in the afternoons. I planted peas there this spring, and just removed the vines and planted the beans, so it will be a while before it will be shady in there again.

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  16. Everything looks really nice. You have definitely made the most of your space!

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  17. Thank you, Becky. I have a few odd shapes in the garden, trying to utilize every square foot of space!

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  18. Wow the photos in these 2 posts are amazing, so lush! The garden looks very clean and tidy even though things are getting huge! The tomatoes in the buckets are doing well!

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  19. Erin, although I didn't show them up close and personal, two of the four in-ground tomatoes are doing the best of all. They are both cherries, Black Cherry and Isis Candy. Soon the paths won't even be visible, what with all the vining squash and melons that are planted there.

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