After a beautiful week of early autumn-like temperatures, we find ourselves roasting in the summer heat and humidity of the midwest again. Even though I hate hot and steamy summer days, I love that the plants love it, and are using every ounce of it to grow and produce more fruit. By regularly foliar feeding the tomatoes and pepper plants a solution of epsom salts and sea kelp, I've been able to keep our plants flowering and flourishing.
I thought that in lieu of the usual pictures, I'll do a little something different for this month's garden update by making a list of all the plants we planted this year. Of course, not everything we attempted was a success. Some plants we planted specifically for the cool spring weather, and others, for the heat of the summer. Some plants are perennials (from last year) that came back. Some plants are from the seeds that we started, and the ones we got impatient with, we ended up with store-bought transplants instead. We definitely weren't expecting to be 100% successful. We were mostly just having fun and being experimental. And we're glad for the failures since even the failures had lessons worth learning.
|picture of today's garden at 3pm|
So here's our list ...
amaranth: red stripe and asia red
baby bok choy
basil: holy, thai, lettuce-leaf
blueberries: blue ray, jersey
carrots: tender sweet and little fingerlings
Catalina (wishbone flower)
chin chiang cabbage
chives: Chinese (garlic) and regular
curry leaf plant
eggplants: lavender, little fingers
Impatiens (white double impatiens)
Irish poet tassels (flower)
kai lan (Chinese broccoli)
kale: Siberian, blue curled
lavender: French, English
lettuce (a variety)
mints: Vietnamese, orange, chocolate, peppermint
oregano: regular, spicy
pansies (a variety)
parsley : giant, flat leaf
peppers: Chinese 5 color, mini bell, chocolate, Golden cal, purple, yellow, green, red, thai dragon, chili, jalapeno, shishito, banana pepper, Serrano, poblano
snapdragons (a variety)
strawberries (a variety)
thyme: lemon, silver
tomatoes: hybrid bush champion, roma, sweet baby girls
watermelon: little baby flower, malali
yu choy (a variety)
Pretty astounding for our tiny little patio. I can't wait till we have a "real" garden!
And in the spirit of getting ready for the fall, we planted 2 rounds of beets, some more carrots, and some turnips and radishes this month. We are also eager to try planting some Chinese veggies again. We don't have much luck with those. The worms seem to always be a step ahead of us. Maybe some floating row covers will help?
|scarlet "sparkler" turnips and "pink beauty" radishes|
|red and golden beets|
|tender sweet baby carrots|