We’ve had rain and gray skies for over a week. On the one hand, we don’t have to water. On the other hand, you can practically hear the peppers crying for lack of sun. Still, the garden rolls on. We’ve had some big milestones since the last garden report: flowers on the potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers, onions that look like real plants, scapes for the harvesting, and even a tomato! A wee baby tomato!
We took the camera out in the garden to explore and to document.
The potato thicket is, as usual, out of control.
The garlic, meanwhile, is fabulous. We’ve been harvesting green garlic for pesto for weeks now, and had our first scape pesto last week.
Next to the garlic bed, a few volunteer radishes from last year are coming up in the ground. Rather than pull them up, we’ve decided to let them flower and then go to seed. One’s a little ahead of the other, so we were able to compare the flowers to the buds.
The onions have done their annual miracle of turning from this:
The peppers are doing their thing despite the lack of sun. They’re already as big as they ever got last year. The Tolli’s Sweet Italian peppers are the first in the race to flower.
And last but not least, the tomatoes are busting out all over! (Literally. There’s a volunteer tomato in the onion bed, nowhere near where we had tomatoes planted last year. It had better not be another yellow pear tomato — those plants have been springing up all over for the last two years. There will not be a third!)
Hey, what’s that?
Yeah, that! Is that…
It is! A tomato! It’s a BLT in nature! In the immortal words of Grandpa Simpson, “I can’t wait to eat that monkey!”
The one problem area of the garden might be the area between the Ramapos and the onions. It’s become volunteer Catnip Alley. There was some talk of carefully weeding it all, but then we decided that the cats really, really, really, really love it and it’s a nice free treat for them. So what if our shoes will smell like catnip every time we go to harvest tomatoes?