it’s too hot to garden

This post will be short and sweet.  Nothing new happening in my garden besides the melons.  I keep thinking one of the 4 honey dews will be ready any day now, but not quite.  Everything is looking kind of wilted and depressed.  That’s probably because it’s 102 degrees as I type this, and nothing can flourish in that type of heat.  I don’t blame the plants…I don’t want to be out there either.  It’s brutal.  Which is why I haven’t spent much time in the garden lately, and I think my plants are sad 😦  I’m just glad they’re hanging in, hopefully they can make it another 6 weeks until it starts to cool off.  I think I’ll give them some water later…maybe that will perk them up.

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melons everywhere!

 

here it is, my very first cantaloupe of the season

So my melon plants are turning out to be the big surprise success of the season.  They are truly a surprise since I didn’t plant any of them – they all came up from seed.  I have 2 plants in seperate parts of the garden that I let go when I saw them pop up, and they are flourishing.  One is a cantaloupe, and I’m not sure what variety the other is.  I should be finding out very soon since there are at least 4 big melons on it right now.  The cantaloupe has about the same, and I’ve already picked 2.  

i ate the melon this week...didn't turn out to be as sweet as I hoped, but still tasty.

 I wrote earlier in the season about how there was a vicious clawed creature going into my garden and ripping the baby melons from the plants (the horror!).  Turns out the mystery animal stealing my melons was none other than our dog Kenji.  Joey caught him red-handed over the weekend with 2 melons, and just yesterday I left him alone for 5 minutes and came back to find a baby melon still attached to the vine in the middle of the yard.  He is on a close watch now. 

Kenji, the vicious melon eating dog

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oh, sad garden

I typically think a blog without a picture is not worthy, but I sadly have no worthy pictures to share.  My garden is in poor shape…partly because of the ridiculously hot June we had, and partly because of my lack of weed pulling.  And now we’re having an unseasonably cool (low to mid 90’s) and wet July, so the weeds are going crazy while the plants look pathetic.  I say that, but I do have several melon vines that are going crazy.  I’ve counted 4 melons on them, one of which I think will be ready this weekend.  So exciting – my first melon!  I actually had 2 others that were viciously ripped from the vines by an unknown clawed creature.  I don’t want to take a picture until after it’s been picked and is safely in my house, for I fear taking a picture and officially declaring it will somehow call to the clawed creature that likes to steal melons from my yard and it will disappear.  So I’m keeping it on the DL, and so far it’s working.

The birds have been eating almost as many garden fresh tomatoes as I have, but I did manage to salvage 3 black krim heirlooms.  They are so pretty, and all but one of now been gobbled up (tasty).  I’ve made 2 batches of marinara with my tomatoes so far, and I think that’s all I’ll get until fall.  Not bad considering the weather we’ve had.  (Going to post my marinara recipe soon, but turns out I don’t really have a recipe and make it up every time, so it’s a little tricky to document).

So there you go, that’s my pictureless garden update for now.

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now we’re talkin’

This week I finally have a decent amount of tomatoes.  This is closer to what I expected from my plants this year, but still nowhere near the amount I had last summer.   Still, I am excited to have this many ripe, juicy tomatoes and have been putting them in everything (ever tried boxed mac n’ cheese with fresh cherry tomatoes?  you should).  Most of these are destined to become marinara by the weekend.  I’d better make it an extra tasty batch since I may only have enough tomatoes left on the plants for one more big bowl full. 

tomatoes harvested week of June 21

 

The varieties in this bowl include:  early girl (most of the big ones), sun leaper, green zebra, red pear, large red cherry, and grape tomatoes.

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the progression of a blooming sunflower

 I took pictures of this sunflower in my backyard garden for 3 days in a row, and was amazed by the dramatic difference day-to-day as it slowly blossomed.  I love this, and just wanted to share it.

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flowers in my garden

flowering basil. I know you are not supposed to let it flower, but these flowers pop up every day! Plus, the butterflies love them.

I noticed there is lots of stuff flowering all over my garden, so thought I would share.  

flowering tomato. Too bad not a fruiting tomato 🙂

 

superbell flowers in a pot. One of my new favorite summer flowers - so pretty!

 

marigolds in the veggie garden.

 

sunflower almost blooming
my first plumeria flower!

 

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tomatoes, finally!

This is the extend of the tomatoes I’ve harvested so far.  I managed to get to the big one (early girl) before the birds, and there are a few dozen more on that plant still, so I’ll be racing the birds for those too.  This time last year I had literally bowls of tomatoes, so I’m disappointed with my plants this year.  I have 2 plants still with no tomatoes on them.  What’s up with that?  On the bright side, this is my first green zebra tomato to pick, and I really like that variety.  They are very tasty, and I love that the birds can’t tell they are ripe because they are green.  Dumb birds.  Maybe next year I’ll fill my garden with green variety tomatoes.

 

Here’s an update on how my tomato plants are doing as well.  Lots of growth – they are getting huge, just not lots of tomatoes.  They are also turning yellow from the bottom up – not looking all that healthy. 

Today I went on the hunt for compost tea so I can make a batch of Garrett Juice for them, but Home Depot and the other local garden store didn’t have it, and the lady working at Home Depot looked at me like I was speaking Greek when I asked her about it.  Sigh.  Tomorrow I’ll try the organic gardening center Green Mama’s – I’m sure they will have compost tea and lots of other fabulous things too.

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