The heat and humidity are returning to Arkansas. I will never forget the wonderful gift of really deliciously cool, rainy weather we had for much of July this year. What an unexpected treat! Now it seems that our usual summer is returning. I’ll try not to gripe TOO much…
I spent about an hour in my square foot garden. I haven’t reported to you in awhile, so I thought I would catch up.
First, the lettuce, spinach, cabbage and broccoli are through for the spring. I’ll start seeds soon for the fall garden.
My asparagus did really well this year, particularly since the plants were only two years old. We enjoyed some really good, tender asparagus. The ferny growth is way up now. I’m having to move strands out of the way as I move around in the garden. I’m supposed to wait until the strands turn yellow, and then cut them off for next year.
My tomatoes are still doing well. I had a bunch of vines to tie up to the fence. I gathered some ripe tomatoes, and I see we have a lot of green tomatoes that are still looking good.
My cucumber and green bell pepper plants are looking good, but not producing.
My watermelon vines are looking like something is eating them. We have several really small watermelons hanging from the vines at this point.
In the planters on the other side of the yard, I have onions and potatoes. Soon I’ll start digging these up.
The tomato vines are looking good now. I spent quite awhile weeding, since it had been several days since I had worked in the garden. I weed whacked around the perimeter of the garden, then I sprinkled fertilizer on the plants. Finally, I sprinkled Sevin around the garden, since I was seeing some signs that plants were being eaten.
This got the garden looking as if someone cared again. I’ll try to check things every day or so to hopefully gather some good tomatoes, if not more.
I’ll read up on planting the fall garden, and see if I can set up a seed growing station on the back porch soon.
I hope that you’re making it a point to visit the Farmer’s Markets in your area. We have one in Downtown Fort Smith on Saturday mornings. We’ll visit them soon and see what wonderful produce we can find!