Garden Friday on Thursday: Early August update
The Roma tomato plants are heavy with green fruit. So are the three varieties of eggplant. My peppers are barely beginning to set white blossoms, the bean covered corn is tall and its ears are waiting to be pollinated, and the bush beans? They’re skinny and missing parts, but I might have beans by the end of August if I can keep the snails under control. Breaking up the sea of green are patches of yellow and orange Calendula, purple coneflower, white and pink cosmos, yellow black-eyed Susans. And several winter squash vines fill in the gaps nicely; their bright orange blooms greet me in the cool mornings.
Oh how I love this work.
Just after Memorial Day I noticed my newly planted babies were sickly and yellow. Thinking my soil had a fungus, I cried, I panicked and I ran to the expensive nursery looking for help. It turns out the prolonged spring rains saturated the clay soil several feet down. On a whim I pulled everything out, moved soil from one end of the yard to the other, added some compost, fertilizer and crossed my fingers.
Despite the slow start, my garden is thriving and growing taller and wider every day. There’s plenty of activity back there, too. Birds, dragonflies, mice, grasshoppers, spiders, butterflies and lots and lots of bees and wasps. It’s a dangerous place in the early afternoon. For humans too.
So it’s been a little while since we chatted. How does your garden grow?