Mini Harvest

There have been more and more ripe tomatoes every day.  Today I picked a few 'Early Girl' which are the large ones,  'Juliet' and 'San Marzano' which are the plum size, and lots of 'Sungold' cherry tomatoes.

I also dug up some potatoes today.  The plants have slowly died off, which is supposed to mean that they are ready to dig.  When I dug them up there were potatoes, just not very many.

I don't know if anything went wrong.  The only thing I can think of is that the dirt about 6-8 inches down seemed pretty densely packed and potatoes are supposed to be in loose soil.  Maybe they would grow better in large tubs or pots.

Here they are before...

...and after being washed. 


Back to the Garden

After being away for the week we arrived home to find that the garden had just kept right on growing.

Here is a shot looking at the front of the garden where you can see some of the overall progress.

The tomatoes are getting ready to really come into there own.  Both of the smaller paste varieties "Juliet" and "San Marzano" are starting to ripen.  

And the "Sungold" cherry tomatoes are ripe and ready to eat.  We ate our first ones before we even unpacked our bags.

During the week I went to colonial nursery to pick up a few things and ended up leaving with these two bell pepper plants.  I don't remember the types but one is green and one is red.
  I planted them where one of the beds of peas was, mixed in with the lettuce and a couple pumpkin plants.

The watermelon vines are looking long and healthy.  Already lots of little blooms are visible along the length of the vines.

I also bought 2 new basil plants that I planted in the herb/ flower bed.

The Zinnias are practically exploding with color.  We've already cut lots to use in the house, but there are plenty more out there.

My favorite of the zinnias is this one that has lots of tightly packed white petals.  


July Updates

Over the weekend it was finally time for the peas to get ripped out.  Along with the peas was the strings that held them up, and all of the weeds that were tangled into them.  It was nice to have such a clean blank slate when I was done.  On this side I planted a type of Butternut Squash.

On the other side the lettuce looks kind of lonely all by itself.  I planted a few more pumpkins here though, so they'll fill in the space.

Lots and lots of ripening tomatoes.  With really no exception each and every plant is doing very well.  Still not much difference between the mulched and the unmulched.  I think when we get back from Maine in 2 weeks the cherry tomatoes will be ripe, with the others not far behind.

Sunflowers are getting taller.

The first blossoms have appeared on the Zucchini plants.  With the rate that these things grow, the full sized zucchinis can't be far off.

The watermelons are all growing slowly but surely.  I hope that they get enough rain while were away.  I really want them to do well this year.

The morning glories have climbed all the way up the trellis and are strarting to cover the top.  A few of the plants have blooms, but they were closed here because it was evening.

The zinnias are getting ready to explode with color any day now.