Thursday, July 1, 2010
The garden in July
It's July 1, and that means a picture of my garden! Whee!
Actually, the garden's not doing as well as I'd like. Many of the peppers seem to have contracted some kind of fungus or something that has killed some of them and has slowed pepper production to almost nothing in others. Some of the plants seem either resistant or just lucky: the NuMex Twilight and Purira peppers are producing like crazy, many of the Fish peppers are getting big and looking handsome and healthy, and at least one Habanero has escaped the blight. Next year...not so many peppers.
I've planted two yellow squash plants in hopes of getting some squash before the inevitable powdery mildew claims the vines. I need to get out there tomorrow and yank up the lettuce that has gone to seed, which will free up some space for, I don't know, maybe a few more tomato plants. Some of the tomato plants aren't doing so well, but several are taller than I am now and loaded with green tomatoes (and one ripe one as of this afternoon!).
The sunflowers are about seven feet tall, as you can see from the picture--it's about all you can see from the picture--with zinnias blooming like crazy in front of them. Mom put up a makeshift fence of deer netting over bamboo poles to discourage the local deer, who were trimming back the tomato plants (but not the lettuce or the flowers; go figure).
So anyway, that's the garden. By August 1 it'll look like a jungle, or possibly a desert.