After a cool down, the weather has started to warm up nicely, with the warm weather plants responding really well. Everything is looking good, though the peppers are understandably a little slow to get started. Finally got some pictures...
- picture is taken facing just about due north. My wife came up with the layout - she's the artistic brains of this outfit! This used to have a big playset in it, but we tore it down when we moved in and decided to make it a garden. In the center is an Italian Plum we planted last year. It'll eventually shade the back of the garden, but I'll enjoy growing sun-loving plants there until it does.
Bell peppers and tomatoes dominate the rows inside the circle, though I have two basil plants growing in the row to the back right. Beyond that is my garlic. Onions and shallots are in the containers just in the foreground - dahlias line the outside of the circle. There's a San Marzano in the big container at the right, and a couple other tomatoes to the center left. A jalapeno and a serrano are in the two slightly smaller containers to the right. I sowed cucumber seed earlier this week in the soil along the fence - that fence is a great place for the vines to grow. We also have another jalapeno and serrano out of the picture to the left along the shed, which is also out of view.
on the left, white onions
on the right. The round container in the front right is mostly white onion sets planted deeply for green onions
- there's one shallot and two "regular" white onions in there:
. The plants at the back aren't as big, which I actually think is more to do with the lack of direct rainfall they get (there's an overhang above). They get plenty of sun until about this time of year when the house shades them a little longer than the plants in front. I'll utilize this section differently this fall/next year.
First tomato truss!
This one is a Cherokee Purple planted in-ground - the plant is about ten inches tall.
Some sort of leaf damage
on a San Marzano. A couple plants have this, but it doesn't seem to be spreading at all. I'm thinking it may have been damage from putting them in too much sun when first hardening off. If anyone has other ideas as to what it might be, I'm all ears.
This my runt
. It's a San Marzano, and it has some of the same damage as the plant above does. But it's been settling in and has started putting on some more growth in the last week.
Two volunteer tomatoes
- first volunteer I've ever noticed.
I had a Roma and a Pink Brandywine in the area last year, so I'm surious as to what they are. There used to be another, but I thinned it out. I'm trying to figure out what to do with these - do I transplant them? It's pretty vcrowded in there already - this is between two bell peppers in the foreground of the overall garden picture.
We planted this last year, and it's exploded with growth! I'd guess there are about 150 small peaches on it right now, which is completely unexpected! We've started losing a few, so it seems the June drop may be on its way. I'll thin this out pretty good once the drop ends. This is really a beautiful tree!
Sorry for the long post, but I'm really excited about things this year. Last year was my first real go at a garden, but I feel like I've learned a ton from that experience and from reading a lot since then. Hopefully I don't overthink things though. Just got to get things in the ground and keep on top of it!