Yesterday Adam mowed to get the pasture under some semblance of control. We have a church picnic here this weekend.
I now have 65 tomato plants in the ground. Quite a few are cherry tomatoes.
So far, from the look of the plants, Black Prince and Green Grape don't seem very healthy. Green Grape plants appear to be recovering a bit. Black from Tula plants, although germinating early and seeming hearty, are yellowing and spindly in the ground. Sweetie tomatoes yellow significantly on bottom branches. The Large Red Cherry plants started quite well but spotted in the greenhouse while I was away. Not sure why. I potted them up larger and am hoping they recover.
Varieties that are doing well so far:
Cherry Chocolate, Juliet (a grocery store pack, I'm sorry to say), Black Cherry, both of Mr. McFadden's plants he gave us from church, and Matt's Wild Cherry. Come to think of it, the cherry varieties are doing quite well, have more foliage, and are green and healthy with few spots or yellowing.
The first bed is sicklier, and the second bed is better-looking. And today I began another row of tomatoes because I have so many in the greenhouse still. These will be in cages, which we found on the farm.
|Second tomato bed on the left against the trellis.|
Beginning of cages on the right.
Adam brought a truck load of mulch/compost over for the tomatoes.
The potatoes are blooming and they do have such pretty flowers.
The broccoli hasn't flowered yet. The lettuce and greens are beautiful; we'll have salad tonight, with some sugar snap peas. The kale bolted quickly, but the collards are looking lovely.
Adam bought two packets of pumpkin seeds because he knew it would make me happy. I've started them in cells and will transplant them into hills somewhere when they're bigger.
The sunflowers along the road are looking great!
My evening reading these days:
Thus far, things we failed at:
*ginger and turmeric from roots
*winter garden in a very wet location
*wheat/barley field -- the verdict is still out, but we're wondering what exactly is in that field and whether any of it is wheat or barley!
*greens/lettuce -- the ones we have are lovely, but we didn't get the germination we'd hoped. Perhaps more nitrogen needed?
*beans -- trying to start them too early, too cold. Peas like it cold; beans like it quite warm.
Things we've succeeded at:
*the greenhouse -- what an inexpensive, wonderful asset!
*compost -- Adam's compost-making skills are supreme. It's been a blessing to our early growing.
*worms -- they're doing great
*bees -- also doing great and the swarm has become established
*germinating seeds -- generally, I was quite successful in this task. Wish I'd had a bit less success with the tomatoes because now I can't bear to throw them away.
*potatoes -- this may be Adam's thing :)
*good beds -- Adam does a great job prepping a garden bed.
*herbs -- Not that I started them myself from seed, but the herb bed is looking good.
*flower beds -- very pleased especially with my shade beds
What will I write in August? Will we eat from our land? Will we sell any tomatoes? Get lots of canning done? Oh, I hope so!