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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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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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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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potatoes and carrots and tomato, oh my!

Well, its harvest time for the root veggies at my house!

This was our first time growing potatoes and I had no idea how they would do, but I’m pleasantly surprised.  It was kind of fun digging them up….it was like digging for buried treasure.  Ok, I didn’t actually do the digging, I just supervised as Joey dug, but he really enjoyed it 🙂

This is about half the carrots from the garden.  We didn’t do a great job of thinning them after they first sprouted, so lots of these are pretty small.  The rest now have plenty of room to get nice and plump.

And in other garden news, this early girl tomato is under extreme surveillance as it begins to ripen. I just know the birds are already eyeing it.  It’s a race against the birds to pick this before they peck it – I’m determined to win.

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my plumerias!

Today I am introducing you to my plumeria plants.  ‘You have plumeria plants too?’, you ask?  Yes, in fact I do.  I decided to wait until they were completely out of hibernation and had their leaves before revealing them to you, my blog readers.  They looked mighty pathetic before….like a stick garden.  I’m sure my neighbors have really enjoyed looking at the pre-leaf plumeria sticks in my front yard where they will live until fall.  Well, now the mighty plumeria have leaves, and hopefully flowers soon. 

here she is, the mother of all my plumeria plants (literally). More stems ready for their own pots - who wants a cutting?

You should know that my plumeria garden (I call it a garden because it consists of 7 separate plants – it’s getting out of control) all came from one plant.  That one plant came from a cutting of my parents plumeria plant in Houston.  The plumeria is a magical plant that can reproduce through cuttings.  It also has seeds, but those are rather elusive.  One of my plants produced a seed pod once, and I nurtured the seed pod for 9 months (yes, it takes the same amount of time to successfully grow a plumeria seed as it does a human baby) and they did not grow.  Maybe they would have had a better chance if it hadn’t been severe weather season in North Texas and they had not been thrown across the backyard by a huge gust of wind.  Not to self next time a seed pod emerges – keep the seedlings somewhere sheltered.

Last year these beauties produced no flowers.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  Not one single flower.  I see what looks like the start of a flower cluster on one plant, so I’m thinking flowery thoughts and giving them lots of encouragement (and plant food).

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my onion harvest

This is my first time to grow actual onions, with the bulbs and everything, so I was pretty excited.   All of the tops of the white onions I planted fell over and started to look dead, and the bulbs were sticking out of the ground, so I figured they were done.  I pulled them up and let them sit in the garden for 2 days.

onions in the garden after just being harvested

Then I brought them in and cleaned them.  Most are pretty small, but I’m pretty proud of the couple of medium sized onions.  Too bad it’s only a small bowl full, because I love onions and will go through these in no time.

me holding the onion harvest

I still have some red onions in the ground, so we’ll see how those turn out.

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