June Garden Update – Part 3

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As a former web developer, I am not a fan of “click here” notices. But, I am not sure all of my visitors know that they can click on each of the photos and then click again for closeups. Just letting you know.

After the rain stopped I joyfully headed out to the garden to check for damage and drowning plants. As mentioned in my last post, I was thrilled to find that none of my plants drowned. But some were a little beat up. I spent about an hour staking my delicate front garden tomato plants until they are tall enough to be supported by the string I will run between all three supports. Then this morning, after all of that work I realized that I just need to add horizontal sticks at lower and higher levels so I can run string at other heights. Oh well, at least the plants aren’t laying down in the dirt, half buried and looking sad anymore. Now they are upright and sad-looking. The plum tomatoes are the plants that seem to be really viney. Instead of forming a nice, strong central stem they laid down from the beginning. As I learned last year, you do NOT want your tomatoes sprawling on the ground. Slugs and moisture are not conducive to a good tomato harvest. I learned this the hard way.

As expected, this garden space is not thriving due to less-than-adequate sunlight. I will be begging my son to get a friend or two to come help us take down at least 6 trees blocking light to this and the backyard garden.

Front garden fertlized, tomatoes supported, and wishing for more sunlight in this spot.

Front garden fertlized, tomatoes supported, and wishing for more sunlight in this spot.

The terraced garden has been transformed for summer. I removed the two largest Aichi Chinese cabbage plants to make more room for the tomato and pepper plants. I must create supports for the tomatoes today. Having those broccoli plants behind the tomatoes complicates the situation a little bit. Although not thought out well, they are thriving so I really want the broccoli they will produce. If they weren’t in that spot I would create a trellis out of sticks and place it behind all of the tomato plants. Actually, that still might work. I am afraid of completely shading the broccoli.

Terraced garden in summer mode.  Tomatoes, peppers with broccoli growing in the background.

Terraced garden in summer mode. Tomatoes, peppers with broccoli growing in the background.

Oh so lovely Bartlett pears a little over an inch long

Oh so lovely Bartlett pears a little over an inch long

Pumpkin growth was substantial over the last few days

Pumpkin growth was substantial over the last few days

The pumpkin vines are about ready to jump over the sides of their bed so they can venture forth. Pretty soon that raised bed will look like a giant spider.

Sugar pumpkin

Sugar pumpkin

Cocozelle Di Napoli Squash

Cocozelle Di Napoli Squash

Russet and red potatoes in grow bags

Russet and red potatoes in grow bags

The back garden is healthy and full of promise. I vigilantly check my squashes for vine borers and squash bugs. I am trying to decide what I want to plant in the garlic bed once the garlic has been harvested. Maybe more broccoli since we love it so much! Aichi Chinese cabbage, dwarf bok choy and spinach will go in there as well, I think.

I side-dressed the eggplant, peppers and ground cherry plants. Today I will side-dress the yellow squash plants since they seem to be a little sluggish compared to the Cocozelle Di Napoli squash on the left of the far bed (with the trellis).

Happy gardening!

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