Thursday, June 26, 2014

Garden Update: Month Three!!

It’s officially summer and our garden is ready for the season.  It is growing despite a bit of neglect the last couple weeks (I’ll get to that in a moment) and we’re seeing fruit sprouting from the branches of our tomato plants, a few cucumbers maturing and a bunch of ready-to-use basil, cilantro and lettuce.  This year’s garden is already far more successful than last year’s and even if it doesn’t turn out to be highly prolific, at the very least I’ve learned a lot and earned some experience points.

At the end of last month’s post, I mentioned leaf miners.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are the larvae of bugs - flies, moths, etc - that burrow into the leaves of plants and feast on the innards.  Not cool.  Almost every cucumber leaf is covered in the white trails they leave behind.  We also have a small colony of little green worms on our tomatoes that need to be evicted before they destroy my dreams of a garden-fresh caprese sandwich.  Luckily, my dad is an avid gardener and offered up some advice on pest control.  I’ll be making a trip to Home Depot this coming weekend to prepare for my battle against the bugs.

In other not-so-good news, I killed our rosemary plant.  Apparently, our dining table wasn’t a good home for it.  My back has been killing me the last couple weeks so everything suffered a little as I was in no shape to carry the watering can back and forth from the sink to the balcony.  Luckily, all the other plants bounced back and are growing just fine.  Another unfortunate fact is my failure to add any additional plants to our garden.  It’s only just become summer though, so there may still be time if I buy plants rather than sow new seeds.

My hopes for the next month are to harvest tomatoes and more cucumber.  I’d really love to post a recipe or two using ingredients from our garden.  And I know I keep saying this, but I’d also love to add some more plants - and color - to our garden.  We’ll see how it goes…

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