Fourth of July Garden Visit

Tomato jungle

Tomato jungle

Between the cloud bursts this Fourth of July, I took a quick trip to the garden to record the height of the corn and finish the first thinning of the carrots. The weeds are having a festival due to a week of high temperatures and humidity that kept me in the house. In a couple days I’ll put an end to the party with my Mantis tiller.

The tomatoes have grown into a veritable jungle. Last week I mulched around all the plants with a layer of seed-free new growth grass.  The mulch preserves moisture and discourages weeds right around the plant.  It’s time to remove the sucker growth that sprouts up in the angle of the tomato branches. If left on the plant, the suckers would form more flowers and fruit, but they are not necessary. The main branches are loaded with so many flowers and tiny tomatoes that the plants will need the rest of the summer to ripen what they have formed. Removing the suckers gives the plants more energy for this task.

The corn is waist high, mostly.  a2There are some shorter stragglers.  This corn crop promises to be very good. Let’s hope we don’t get any hail.  One quick thunderstorm with hail will destroy a garden.

a3Finally, beans!  Lots of nice plants sprouted and we can look forward to a good harvest and plenty of canned beans to go through the winter.  Beans from our garden are much more tasty than the store-bought variety.  A big bowl of fresh beans with a little butter and salt make a meal.

a1The last week of sun, 90 degree temperatures and high humidity gave all the plants a boost.  Most of the radishes are trying to bolt and flower.  I’ve harvested several nice servings of mild radishes.  Now, with a couple days of rain thrown at us by Hurricane Arthur as it passes nearby out at sea, the garden will take off.

The bachelor buttons have buds and will bloom soon.  I can hardly wait to fill a vase with their flowers!

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