Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Garden at Week #2

The weather's been nice and held up.  We've had some very nice days in the low to mid 70's.  I got a pretty late start on the vegetable garden this year.  However, I'm amazed at how quickly the garden has been filling out in just 2 short weeks.  These photos are actually at day #15.  

Here's the Dwarf Santa Rosa tree I planted about 5 years ago.  It's been well worth the wait as it has begun to produce plums.  Last year was the first year I got more than just a handful of fruit.  This year is looking like it'll also be a good plum producing year!!  I'm so excited! 

Here's a bed of Lacinato Kale.  During the summer I love making smoothies and juices.  Having a supply of fresh organic kale helps save so much money!

In two short weeks, the kale have produced more leaves and are looking very healthy.

The bed of golden beets are also looking happy and healthy.  I bought these as starters and planned on starting more from seed.  Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to planting the seeds yet.

Even in a container, the Delicata squash is holding it's own.

This bed of greens has filled in nicely.  Because it's uncovered, I've had to be vigilant about checking the leaves of the kale for cabbage moth eggs and the Swiss chard for leaf miner eggs.  They're both annoying pests for the spring/summer greens.  

This variety of spinach is Olympia.  They're looking nice and happy.

These are beautiful Outredgeous Romaine Lettuce leaves.  

This is my favorite variety of Swiss chard.  It's called Bright Lights and they live up to it's name.  I love the colorful stems.  They usually come in white, bright yellow, pink and red.  I love the splash of color they bring against the greens.

These are large storage tubs that I use to plant tomatoes.  These usually hold cherry tomato plants.  This year I decided to scale down to just two cherry tomato plants instead of the three I usually have.  It seems they produce too much tomatoes for me to keep up with.  I bought colorful tomato cages to add some fun color to the garden.

One of the two cherry tomato plants is a Sweet 100 this year.

I planted an indeterminate tomato in between the two cherry tomatoes this year.  This is a Green Zebra tomato plant.  It's a staple in my garden every year.  I just love the green fruit with the bright yellow shoulders that it produces.  It makes tomatoes fun!  With it, I planted Thai basil that seems to be doing well.

My second cherry tomato pick for this season is Sun Gold.  This is another must in the garden each season.  I love the color (yellow) and how sweet these bite sized tomatoes are.  They're like garden candy!

The Ichiban eggplant are already producing flowers.

The green beans are slowly coming along.

The Tasty Green cucumbers are getting taller and taller.  They're almost ready to climb.

I'm not sure why, but both the Lemon Cucumber bunches I planted look like they're not doing as well.  The smaller leaves seem to be yellowing.  They're also not growing as tall as the other cucumbers yet.  I hope they survive as I love the round Lemon cukes.

These Tsuyataro cucumbers are new for me this season.  They're doing well and growing taller.

Here's the borage plant.  I've never grown it before.  I can't wait to see what it looks like when it blooms.  I hear it's a bee favorite.  Lets hope so!

These are the main season tomatoes.  This one is the Japanese Black Trifle.  It's new for me this season.  With it is growing Lemon basil.  

I'm excited as this plant already has a few fruits formed!

The dill in the background was a volunteer plant.  As you can see, it's already super tall!  The Roma tomato in front of it looks so dwarfed.  

On closer inspection, the Roma plant is actually pretty large.

The Roma also has a few fruit that have set already.  This is the only determinant tomato variety that I'm growing this year.

This is a paste variety called San Marzano.  It's making friends with the Sweet Basil.  

The two tomatillo plants have done well.  It's recommended to plant two together to increase the chance of pollination.  I've had problems in the past with earwigs as a pest to the tomatillos.

This is the volunteer tomato plant.  It's a potato leaf variety.  I think it maybe an Organic Brandywine.  I guess we'll see later this summer!  I love garden surprises!

These are the pepper plants.  They've been enjoying their new home.

The Shishito Peppers are starting to flower.

The Little Bell Peppers are also starting to flower.  

I planted up this planter with nasturiums.  This variety is called Whirlybird.  I also added more nasturiums planted from seed.  

I've never had good luck with zucchini in my garden.  I've always tried to plant them in the ground and with the clay soil, it has never been very good.  This year I finally decided to use a pot.  It seems so far, the zucchini loves the pot method!

I love when dill flowers!

A shot of the hanging basket.  The hummingbirds seems to appreciate the Million Bells too.  I love the happy colors!

Thanks for stopping for a peek of my summer garden as it is slowly coming along.