Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mid July garden

The garden is in full swing now.  Usually I say that about 3 weeks or so from now, but I'm taking the early season and running with it!

The tomatoes are huge.  They needed extra support, so I wrapped jute around the outside of the supports to corral them in.  I'm still loving these A frame supports.

Isn't that the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?  I'm resisting picking this, as it is still just slightly under ripe.  Probably tomorrow.  It's extra exciting this year.  Hubby used to hate raw tomatoes, but after years of eating them by myself, I'll have someone to share the tomato goodness with.  Next year I have plans for cherry tomatoes since I won't be the only one eating them.

The corn is looking great.  The tassels are making the kids want it even more.  In a few more weeks we'll be eating lots of corn!

The lettuce has gone to seed.  I'm thinking that instead of saving seed this year, I'll just shake the seeds onto the ground.  This is in one of the hoop houses, so when it's ready it should come up on it's own.

Speaking of hoop houses, this is some chard that I just transplanted into one.  There is still lots to plant, but they're starting to take shape.  I'm off to the farm supply for straw today.  That should help to insulate them and reduce weeds as well.  Usually I'm a straw fanatic, but this year I didn't use much.  The last 2 years have been wet and cool and the straw has been more hindrance than help.  It figures that this year, when I don't use any, is the year I needed it the most.  Better late than never.


Shirley Jump said...

What a great looking garden! I always say I'm going to plant one but travel so much during the summer that it ends up being a bed of weeds, LOL.

kitsapFG said...

I have a tomato at just the same stage... I am impatiently checking it daily because I really do want it vine ripened but oh I am hungry for garden fresh tomatoes! I think it will be perfect by Thursday so I am planning to have hamburgers for dinner - so we can load on slices of fresh tomato to celebrate the first ripe one of the year.

The Mom said...

Shirley, you do seem to travel a bit these days. Sorry I won't be able to make it when you're out this way in August.

Laura, I am trying to be patient. It looks so good!

Karen Anne said...

My Stupices started producing ripe tomatoes a few weeks ago...

The Mom said...

Karen Anne, show off!! I'm aiming to get them earlier next year as well. Right now, I'm just happy that I have them earlier than last year.