My pepper plant may have been loyal, but it finally had to go to make room for the pumpkin plants. I had been training the vines in circles around the two far left raised beds, but the 8 feet just wasn’t enough for them. Wanda, the longer vine, had already grown through the cage holding up the pepper plant. So it was adios, see ya, dasvidanya for the peppers. Continue reading
My pepper plant looks pathetic. It has for quite awhile now, but I keep watering it because the peppers were still growing and the wilting leaves didn’t seem to be an indication that the peppers wouldn’t keep growing. So imagine my surprise when I noticed one offshoot whose leaves don’t look like they’ve spent the day (er, weeks) under sunny skies in 90-something-degree heat. Continue reading
I didn’t see the pepper at left until I cleaned out tomato bushes.
When I planted pepper seeds in March, I knew they were pretty close to the tomatoes and might get overtaken. I didn’t feel I had much of a choice though because my garden consists of four 4-foot-by-4-foot raised beds. There just wasn’t a lot of room. Continue reading
Three pumpkin plants now share a raised bed with several green pepper plants and a few marigolds.
I’m not used to pulling dried-out tomato plants out of the garden until September or even October, but three that were well past their prime got the boot today to make room for several pumpkins. I had intended to be out in the garden by 7:30 or 8 a.m. to beat the hot sun (forecast high was 97), but as usually happens on a Sunday morning, I was feeling a bit lazy. I finally got to work a little after 9 a.m., and the sun, she already was a wee bit warm. Continue reading
A little green pepper.
It’s itty-bitty, but there’s finally a green pepper on one of my pepper plants. Actually, it looks like there are several, although only one really looks like a pepper. I first saw flowers on the plants last week, four months after they were planted. Then I saw the flowers in the dirt a day or two after that, and I’ve never planted peppers before, so I didn’t know if that was good or bad. Continue reading
Flowers on peppers.
I’ve never grown peppers before, but I think it’s odd that it took four months for them to flower. Maybe it’s that the tomato plants have moved in on their territory, so they’re getting less direct sun than they might need. Although given it’s been in the 90s for several weeks, the shade may be helpful. I honestly don’t know.
Tomato plants tower over peppers.
I’m not sure how much longer the Easy Girl and Better Boy tomato plants will hold up to the heat. They’re getting plenty of water, but they’re still getting pretty brown. There are still a couple dozen green tomatoes on the vines and even a few yellow blossoms, but at this point in the hot summer, I doubt the flowers will amount to anything. The cherry tomato plants are finally full of red and green tomatoes. FINALLY! And they’re delicious, too!
Peas on the left, beans on the right.
After a long soccer weekend in San Antonio, it was good to be home and inspect the garden. Continue reading
Finally! The sweet red peppers have sprouted.
It’s official. At least one of everything I planted has come up. The late bloomers were the sweet red peppers in the raised garden bed and the aubrieta flowers in one of the pots near the house. Continue reading
I spotted the first green tomato on one of the Early Girls tonight.
I staked the three bigger tomatoes tonight. Thursday’s gusty wind had them tilting sideways.
Isn’t it just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
The first pea peeks out of the ground.
I finally screwed in the little square corners on the raised bed tonight.
Another view of the raised bed from the other side.
My weekend got off to a great start despite working later than usual Friday night. After a quick supper, I headed outside to water the flowers and vegetables and stake the tomato plants. I think I squealed when I saw a cute little tomato growing on one of the Early Girls. Continue reading