Yesterday, we had dinner with vegetables from the garden.
I would have posted pictures of the finished product, but by the time I thought of it I was neck-deep in cooking and prepping.
We had cucumbers, tomatoes and potatoes in yesterday's meal. Today, I'll make fajitas with jalapeno, bell peppers, tomatoes and cilantro from the garden.
The garden is a work in progress since I don't know how the previous owners used it. I can tell it will need more (much more) compost and Greg is going to try to rig up the water so it can water while I'm gone.
The heat has been pretty oppressive so we are having to water regularly to keep everything producing. Being away for several days took its toll. I was afraid I might lose some of the plants but we gave them a good drink yesterday and this morning they look much better.
Today we will build the compost bins. I am really looking forward to making compost. It beats chemical amendments by a mile.
What isn't doing so well?
Snow peas did okay, but now that the heat is here, they're done until I can sow them in the fall. I think I was too stingy with the water with them. When I try them again, I'll be more diligent to make sure they always get enough to drink.
Cucumbers: I had to start them twice since we got hit by a surprise frost. The bigger surprise was that many of our other frost-bitten veggies survived. They're stunted, but they are producing.
Basil: Everybody else's basil grows like a weed. I get a pathetic single stem. What am I doing wrong? I planted it in a pot. Would it have grown better directly in the ground?
Heirloom tomatoes: They are lush and have a few flowers, but not nearly as many as the hybrid tomatoes. They are in a shadier spot and in huge pots.
Experts? How close can I move them to hybrid tomatoes without risking cross pollination?
Radishes: I know. It's supposed to be the easiest veggie in the world to grow, but I can't raise a decent radish to save my life. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I have had a lifetime of failure with radishes. Glad I'm not Scarlett O'Hara and have to depend on them to survive. LOL!
All you gardeners out there. What has been the easiest fruit or vegetable you've ever grown? Which one bedevils you every year?
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