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Friday PhotoEssay – July 11th

It’s been a couple weeks since we had a Friday PhotoEssay, which means that I missed taking a weekly whole garden picture last week. I did take one on Monday and again today, but the big change that happened was last week, I think. Tell me what you think: 

 This is from Monday.

 And this is from today. Other than the shadows, I’m not sure I see a big difference just this week. 

But then, this is from June 27th. Just a little bit of difference, right? 

And look what I found this morning! I picked them to ripen on my table over the weekend because heirlooms are very prone to cracking, especially when the weather is hot and the soil is moist or wet. The two brown-colored tomatoes are Black Krim. The yellow is a Northern Lights, and the pink one is a Pink Russian. The Pink Russian and Northern lights are somewhat under-ripe yet, compared to the Black Krim, but I didn’t want to risk them cracking over the weekend. 

 Isn’t this almost the coolest flower you’ve every seen on a vine plant? This is the flower on the Snake Gourd vine. I’ll be honest that I wasn’t expecting that! I just assumed the flowers would look like any other cucumber or squash flower. I had to Google it to make sure that we were growing the right thing! I found this article on Snake Gourds from Mother Earth News.

The Herb & Flower garden continues to be gorgeous. I really need a shadier day so I can get a good picture of it, although most of the flowers are pretty small to get good saturated color from a non-close up picture. I guess you should just come see it in person?

The chickpeas have started blooming too. That’s a much smaller flower than I was expecting, much closer in size to a bean flower than a pea or cowpea flower. They are still pretty sparse too. Maybe that’s what we should expect growing an heirloom variety? 

This is just a blooming week, I guess! These are flowers on the peanuts.  

Have a great weekend! I hope you are starting to enjoy some tomatoes! 


Friday PhotoEssay – June 6th

Earlier in the week I was just getting ready to write a post complaining a little bit about the short lull in garden activity at this time of year (meaning no planting or harvesting to speak of, just lots of weeding and watering). And then it hailed. Which didn’t seem to bother the Demo Garden very much, but I did have to go prune up some damaged tomato plants and re-stake a peach tree. No more thinking about complaining!

I like this vista of the garden more and more this year. I guess it just shows different beds close up. Maybe I’ll have to alternate weeks on the two views. As you can see, the straw has settled and the plants just keep on growing!

We’ve had Citrus Marigolds in the garden several times recently, and they have never looked as good as they do this year! I can’t wait until they are covered with flowers.

The peanuts came up quickly after planting last week. They were just peaking out of the soil on Tuesday, and they had a few leaves on them by this morning. We have so many neat things in the garden this year!

Yes, this looks like lambsquarter. But it isn’t. It is the Quinoa. Quinoa is in the same family as lambsquarter, so it understandably looks very similar. I know it is confusing people when they visit the garden. I’m tempted to put up a sign that says something like, “No, this isn’t a weed. It is Quinoa. It just looks like a weed.” And did you notice the tiny green grasshopper on the leaf? This is the size grasshopper that is easy to kill with pesticides, not the big crunchy kind.

We have tomatoes! This is the ‘Silvery Fir Tree’ plant in the accessible raised bed. It has two nice looking tomatoes on it and the plant as a whole looks great. I’m so glad we decided to try this one. It is supposed to be 54 days to maturity, and that would be June 29th. It’s going to make a run for it, although I suspect that these will be ready closer to July 4th. Still, that’s not bad, especially considering the cold snap we had in May. The ‘Northern Lights’ plants, also purported to be 54 days, do not have fruit set, that I could see, so they won’t be living up to the “early” reputation at least.

It is getting to be the time of year when most of the cool season plants either bolt (flower and go to seed) or go dormant. If you look closely at our cilantro, you can see that the leaves are looking more fern-like and there is the start of a flower in the middle.

Have a great weekend!