The two beds to the right of the main path. The bed in the foreground has been mostly cleared and some of it will be home to beets, carrots, and parsnips for winter harvests.
Here's my little patch of chamomile. The ray petals fold down for the night and don't perk up until the sun comes out.
The other end of this bed is home to eggplant and newly set out Sweetie Baby Romaine lettuce. The cool weather is making for an easy transition from a crowded 4-inch pot into the garden. There's also a very happy African Blue Basil plant that I like to grow to feed the good bugs and bees.
|Malaysian Dark Red Eggplant Blossom|
The next bed is all about summer vegetables. Suyo Long cucumbers are being trained up the tower. I think the first cucumber may have set. Behind the cucumber tower the Garafal Oro romano beans and Petaluma Gold Rush beans are reaching the tops of their trellises and twining around themselves in thin air.
The Da Fiori zucchini plants are growing by leaps and bounds. They are producing more male than female blossoms so far, as they should.
The Crane Melon plants are a bit more sedate, but they are starting to take off. I would choose one of the coolest summers to experiment with melons *sigh*.
Marina di Chioggia winter squash are starting to trail along and the last planting of pole beans (Petaluma Gold Rush and Turkey Craw) are starting to climb their trellises.
Across the path, the Monticello Poppy plants are nearing the end of their long run. I don't have the exact date recorded but it was somewhere around the first of the year that I sowed the seeds. The Hollow Pipe of Malines cutting celery in front of the poppies is lush looking. I've allowed Nepitella to take over the pot on the right - the good bugs love its blossoms.
The cool weather is allowing an easy transition into the garden for Thai Tender amaranth seedlings. And the undercover lettuce is still happy. Perfect for BLTs!
I'm really happy with the progress of the Diamante celery root, perhaps I'll be harvesting it this fall. The Gigante kohlrabi behind it is growing like crazy. I've been watching it grow and grow and I'm tempted to just let it go to see what happens. It seems to expand its "bulb" upward as it grows. The survivor Padron pepper plants are not doing as well as I hoped and will soon make way for some cabbage plants that I've started in 4-inch pots.
I just cannot keep up with the Golden chard. Why oh why did I put in four plants when I knew that two would suffice.
Here's a little surprise. I had a heck of a time getting onion seeds to germinate earlier this year and ended up with two seedlings to plant out. I tucked them into a little spot next to the cabbage which soon overwhelmed them and I forgot all about them. When I harvested the cabbage the onions were still there so I let them be. And now they are bulbing up!
The Piracicaba broccoli in the back just keeps putting out new shoots in spite of looking rather ragged. One of the plants is growing tall and produces long stemmed shoots, one of the plants grows low with huge leaves and puts out fat little short shoots, and the other two plants have growth habits somewhere in between. In the foreground are two new Couve Tronchuda plants, a Portuguese type of non-heading cabbage that is used to make Caldo Verde, a delicious traditional Portuguese soup.
The tomato and pepper bed is next.
Some tomatoes that are showing the first signs of ripening:
The green cherry tomato that is isn't.
|Aunt Ruby's German Cherry|
A gallery of pepper photos, all Capsicum annuum unless otherwise noted:
|Guyana, Capsicum baccatum|
|Manzano Red, C. pubescens|
|Viego Arruga Dulce|
|De La Vera|
|PI 593480 (Morocco)|
|Madrid Bell Sweet|
|Cuerno de Cabra|
|Aji Pineapple, C. baccatum|
I hope you enjoyed the latest garden tour. The sun has finally shouldered aside the fog and it's time for me to get back out in the garden and get some work done today.