I've been planting out more of the summer vegetables in the past week. Here's the bed where I planted the tomatoes just 10 days ago.
The tomatoes now have some "Sweetie Baby" romaine to keep them company.
And some "Apollo" broccoli and "Lark's Tongue" kale. The edge of the bed is also home for some "Summer Romance" sweet alyssum seedlings with some "Parade" scallions filling the gaps.
Look how much the tomatoes have already grown! They do like their "greenhouse". The daytime temperatures have been topping out in the mid-50ºF's to high-60ºF's lately with nighttime temperatures down in the low 40ºF's. The tomatoes would not be this happy if they were left to shiver outside unprotected. I think the investment in the greenhouse plastic is a good one.
On the other side of the main path, the "Oregon Sugar Pod II" snow peas are loving the cool weather (pretty normal weather actually, perhaps just a tad cooler than usual).
I spotted the first flowers this morning! Snow peas soon...
The "Rolande" filet beans have been blooming for the past week.
The first baby beans are showing off.
The Greek "Gigante" runner beans are climbing their trellises.
And they are forming the first clusters of flower buds.
The "Super Sugar Snap" peas are just starting to take off.
And here's the newest addition to the legume family collection, "Neckarkönigin" green beans. Well, I actually grew these last year, but they were at their prime when I was on vacation and by the time I got home most of the beans were overdeveloped. I hope to get to try them at their best this summer.
The "Green Fingers" Persian cucumbers and "Tasty Green" Japanese cucumbers are being coddled in their own little water bottle cloches. Both of these cucumbers were wonderful last year, disease resistant, prolific, and most important, tasty. Beyond them are a couple of cloches protecting new seedlings of "Da Fiore" zucchini, back again for year 3 or is it 4.
The soil for the newest bed hasn't been delivered yet, I've been working with my contractor to find just the right stuff. He brought a sample yesterday that is up to snuff so I hope to get the bed filled next week. Just in time, the babies in my little makeshift greenhouse are ready to go!
I have 3 varieties of eggplant - one of my favorite varieties "Diamond" and a couple of new varieties, "Kamo" and "Salangana". And then there's the peppers that are too numerous to identify in this post but you can read up on them here.
And elsewhere around the garden... These pots were full of peppers last year but this year I switched them over to herbs. From left to right are Texas Tarragon, Purple Sage, Lemon Verbena, Syrian Oregano, Garden Sage, and Tarragon. It will be handy to have these close to the kitchen.
And I also planted up a couple of pots of "Profuma di Genova" sweet basil, my favorite variety. I'll use the potted basil for regular snipping but I also have more plants to put into the vegetable garden to allow to get big enough to harvest large amounts for pesto.
And I'm really happy to report that I had a few Crimson Flowering Favas survive the rat attacks last autumn so I'll be able to renew my seed stock.
Can you identify what the plant ties are made from?
With luck I'll have enough seeds to share this year. Stay tuned...
Hope your summer vegetable garden is off to a great start!