Welcome to Garden Tuesday at It’s All Gouda! There’s been an explosion of growth in the garden this past week, in thanks to the unseasonably hot weather we’ve been having. We’ve had four days that were over 90 degrees and the remainder were in the upper 80’s. The garden has responded to mother nature’s sunny blessing with enthusiasm. As this is only my second year with this garden, send me all of your green thumb know-how so I can keep it healthy and flourishing!Let’s start with an update on the garbage can potatoes. I think it’s an understatement to say this experiment is a success! Holy moly, I’m going to be rolling in potatoes! Just look at how these puppies have grown. These photos are untouched and show less than 2 weeks worth of growth. These guys are about 6-1/2 inches tall. As a comparison, the ones planted in the garden bed have just broken through the earth. Why the tremendous growth? I suspect it’s because the dark colored can holds in a great deal of heat that’s perfect for growing spuds. I’m really, really pleased.How about some curly leaf parsley!This little tomato plant is looking good. Some of my other tomato plants are starting to look yellow. So are a couple of the pepper plants. I suspect they might need a nutrient boost. Any ideas?My oldest girl’s favorite veggie: cucumber.The first spinach plants. I like to use spinach in place of lettuce on sammies.Speaking of lettuce, here is my first ever lettuce plants.For variety, I thought I’d try some red leaf lettuce, too.Cilantro for summertime salsa.Come on little sweet pea, you can do it! Grow big and tall!Look at that red stem! Can you guess what this is? (Beets!)Uh, I think I need to massively trim back the oregano. See my littlest green gardener’s feet? This was taken last evening. She’s in her jammies sneaking a chive. The child just picks and eats stuff right out of the garden. Even though it’s a “green” garden, I still want her to at least rinse it off first!
Garden to do list for this week includes:
- Add more soil/bury the bottom half of the garbage can potato plants. This will be an ongoing process.
- Have hubby and son construct trellises for the beans and peas. I think I’d like to use string for it, but some folks like netting. Any suggestions?
- Figure out how to help the tomatoes and peppers. Any suggestions?
- Investigate different types of tomato cages. My cages from last year need to be replaced. They were old to start with, and are now falling apart. Any suggestions?
- The first of the strawberries will be ready to harvest this week! Yeah!