Summer Colouriffic

I can’t help taking pictures of the things we get from our garden. I am endlessly amazed at what has grown. Although, that pickling cucumber might be the only one of those we got. So many lemon cucumbers though.

This sunflower is over 10 feet tall. There are 6 of them. I haven’t decided yet if they make sense, but they are certainly neato. A friend who dropped by told us that the stalks harden and become next to indestructible, so perhaps we’ll be able to use them for a garden structure next year – WHO KNOWS?

Herb bed – all of the herbs did great this year.

We planted these beans after the peas were done in July and have gotten many, many beans.

Tomatoes and Herbs

We got down to business this weekend, built two beds and were able to plant some herbs and tomatoes.

We planted our tomateys with marigolds, and basil. Companion planting wut wut.

Tomateys - four heritage varieties

We were also able to plant beets, carrots, leeks and lettuce mix in with our sprouted onions. Pretty much killed it this weekend.

We kept our herbs in their pots, because we’ll have to move them later in the summer, but I’m thinking this buried pot idea is a good one BECAUSE, we keep the herbs inside in the winter AND herbs can be hard to contain when they are directly in the beds – ahem MINT, I’m looking directly at you.

Finished tomato basil bed.

Eskee helped.

Two interesting tidbits I learned this weekend from much gardening reading: You should water tomato plants gently from the bottom, not spray over the plant. ALSO, if you smoke, you should always wash your hands before handling tomatoes because there is a disease that effects tomato plants that can be transferred through tobacco – I DID not know that.