Went out to the garden this weekend to pick some mint for a refreshing drink and got distracted by all the new growth. I had to harvest a crop of collards (see above) due to the tomatoes slowly blocking the sunlight from the plants in the garden. I made a nice sauteed collard greens with garlic and onion dish.
We also saw the first sign of the grape vine coming back. It must mean that winter is definitely over!
I put up some stakes to secure the new tomato growth and finally got around to picking my mint. I concentrated first on the mint that is spreading out into the grass (see above).
Mint may grow like a weed but it is a weed I don’t mind!
I know the post is late since it is almost July but I wanted to show what has been up with the garden earlier this month.
Watermelon plant is starting to flower.
Roma tomatoes start to ripen.
We have a grapefruit that has not fallen from the tree!!!!
Key limes are ready to grow again this season
Starting some baby dills that I hope will make it through the summer.
New collard is getting some shade action by the palm frond.
This might be the first year the corn makes it….only time will tell.
Beans are hanging in there.
Because we have yet to have a freeze, the garden is flourishing. Around the time I am supposed to be starting seeds for Spring crops, I am getting ready to get a winter tomato bounty.
We are expecting cold temps in the next week or so but so far no threat of frost. Crossing fingers!!!!
Another area in the garden flourishing is the mint area. The mint was planted in a wooden container a couple years ago and has since been neglected. Although mint is best contained (since it can take over a garden with its minty-ness) you can see from the photo below that the container fell apart and the mint is free to spread. It looks so pretty and I love the taste of mint so I don’t want to mess with it – for now.
The key lime is not as fortunate. We will most likely lose this one in the year. Luckily it gave us one last crop of limes before its demise. The citrus greening is too much work for me to try to fight. After the key lime we will still have the Persian Lime and Grapefruit trees. I fear that these won’t last past a couple of years unless some easy treatment exists for the greening.
This is what happens to the collards in the August summer heat. I bet these guys cannot wait for the fall.
Some old friends are still in the garden and some new have recently joined. This is what is enduring the August heat for now….
New Citronella plant and marigold. Trying something new to fend off mosquitos.
It was time for some thyme to be added back to the garden. Purchased a thyme plant so we had fresh herbs on hand.
Summer crop of pinto beans sprouting while the garden waits for fall crops.
Spinach is still doing well. Now that the squash is removed it has room to grow.
Tomato seedlings preparing for the fall.
Now that the squash is gone, the collards have room to thrive. They do love those semi-shady days though.
Needed some fresh basil so I put another store bought plant in the garden.
These chives keep on kicking year after year. This is their best year yet. Can’t wait to throw them in various recipes.
We have a few of these sickly kale plants spread throughout the garden. I can’t seem to pull them out yet though. Part of me thinks they will beat the heat and the bugs.