I thought y'all might be curious as to how the garden's growing, or at least how the tomatoes and jalapenos are doing. No salsa yet, due to the late planting. Soon, though.
In the background, you can see a little bit of the pond--it has a leak, but we don't know where. Going to have to do something about that at some point.
a trench, or a bucket, or a pile of old tires.
The garlic that I planted in between the jalapeno plants is growing. I'm excited to see how that turns out.
pruning the suckers is making any difference in the production of the plants, but it sure does keep the plants more manageable. It's not quite as jungle-like as some of my previous tomato beds.
I purchased the tomatoes as transplants in four-packs, and when I got them home, I realized one of the four-packs only had three plants in it. Oops. And I did put at least one back on the shelf for that very reason. So I had an empty spot in the tomato bed. I had heard that you can root suckers to make new tomato plants. Of course I also heard that you should put rooting powder on them and put them in water and then transplant to the garden. I just stuck them in the dirt instead--three of them--to see what would happen, and one of them did, indeed, take root. I noticed flower buds on that plant the other day, and it's getting big enough that it probably needs a stake.
hand pollinating them, but I might, soon, if nothing develops. As planned, the vines are climbing the fence at the back of the garden.
The Brussels sprouts are taking over their garden bed. Who knew those things would get so big? Well, ok, I did. No actual sprouts, yet, and the leaves are polka dotted with holes from insects of the Brassicaceae-pest variety. Brussels sprouts don't take too well to hot weather, which is what we've been having this summer, so I'm not holding out too much hope for them.
I deadheaded my lavender the other day, and my hands sure smelled good after that. While I was deadheading, I noticed a lot of new growth. I'm hoping that eventually, lavender will take over the area behind the pond--I'm trying to make that area butterfly friendly.
And I think that's it.