Mother’s Day weekend – a gardener’s favorite weekend!

Hooray! The spring veggies are growing so fast! The arugula is almost ready to eat and is soft and delicious. The rainbow chard is about 5″ tall and looking great, and the slow-to-start leeks are coming along.

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Arugula close-up… soft and delicious!

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Rainbow chard is taking off and looking good

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Everything is coming along in the veg trug. The netting is great for keeping the squirrels out! (They dig big holes in all of my beds and pots and uproot my plants to plant their peanuts!)

 

The flowers I planted last week are doing very well too (cosmos, snapdragons, and lobelia).

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Rosemary surrounded with snapdragons and variegated vinca.

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Snapdragons close up. My favorite old fashioned flower.

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Snaps and blue lobelia. I love the variety of colors.

The beds are coming along. I cut down the knockout rose again as it had gotten huge and was crowding out the lady’s mantle and hosta. Plus I added some cosmos so they will grow nice and tall and will need the light.

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The yellow tulips in the bed below are a late variety so they always come up after I’ve forgotten all about tulips. That bed now has lavender, tulips, cosmos, sweet peas (only about 3″ high so far, too short to reach the trellises), and purple day lilies.

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I also planted tomatoes and herbs this evening (once the third day of deluges this week finished). Too dark for photos, I’ll take them tomorrow and log the herbs and tomatoes that I planted.

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The harvest begins

We have had a cherry tomato here and there but this morning was the first decent harvest. The Fourth of July tomatoes are later than usual this year… must be because of the extreme weather, I don’t know.
The Sun Gold cherry tomatoes taste delicious and the skins are nice (not too thick). Yum!

The pottery bowl Cary & Dan gave us is perfect for them. The squiggle on the top reminds me of the cucumber vines when they start to grow.   🙂  Speaking of which, this is year two with the slowest cucumber plants ever. They’re only about a foot high now, finally sending out their tendrils. I think they just don’t do well in pots… need to be in the ground.

Tomato Harvest

Home sick today. I’m glad that I can hide inside in the A/C! It’s way too hot out there.
I harvested the tomatoes this morning and it was brutally hot!
Funny thing was, when I went to pick the tomatoes, I found another praying mantis! They love to eat aphids… this one’s doing a great job! He was a little ticked off that I was invading his tomatoes, but he didn’t try to eat me after all.  🙂

Looks like I’ll have enough tomatoes for the weekend parties and some extra for Chica!
I also thought I’d give the cukes another try. All three seeds that I planted 5 days ago have sprouted. I’ll eventually weed them down to one, but I want to see which ones looks best when they have their second leaves.

Cukes – second try

Sweet Tangerine tomatoes

Fourth of July tomatoes

Complete harvest July 21 – mushy ones in front row, mutants in second row.  🙂

I had to put this in the blog just so I remember. I loves this Google doodle. They used it yesterday for Gregor Mendel’s 189th bday. Very cool.