Though, I’m so happy in my new blogging home, the transition to blogger to TypePad has been rough. The bright spot has been reading old posts (as I fix links and reload photos).
A few weeks ago, I was looking at my “Garden Updates” for early June 2009. Tomatoes and jalapenos were just taking shape behind their flowers. And I had the first kale harvest. I intentionally avoided a comparative “garden update” for this year because the progress has not been as robust.
Despite the warmer and drier spring, I still do not have a tomato-baby. I see several promises of tomato flowers, and one spent flower behind which I should soon see a little bum soon. I was especially surprised by the slow timing since the tomatoes were in the ground a full two weeks earlier than last year. My theory? Last year, I phased the tomatoes into the ground – I planted the seedlings in large pots on the deck before translating them into their final home. I think the deck gets better sun. Could it be the extra sun from the deck? Or the phased approach?
The tomato volunteer that I found in the mint patch is now puttering along in a private cage. Alas, it's not growing as vigorously as the other plants. But I think this is because of its less than prime location. By the time I realized I had this plant, the sunnier parts of the garden were already occupied with cucumbers, eggplant, broccoli and other tomato plants.
The first sign of jalapeno just appeared last night, almost 2 weeks later than last year. The workhorse kale has already produced enough leaves for several sides dishes.
As I admired the bevy of raspberry potentials, I noticed one ripe berry.
The summer is off to a decidedly late start, but the spring has been prolific. I harvested tons of salad; a small patch still yields about 1 large salad every other day. The strawberries have been sweet and juicy. The mint, scallions and scapes have brightened many a meal. Even the radishes were a fun treat.
A note about the hydrangea plant -- photo at the top. It's been said that the color of the flowers depend on the acidity of the soil. I'm curious about my soil since the one plant has several variations of blue and pink sprinkled throughout.