Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11, 2009

Well, I swore I would have bounced back by this weekend after that long stint of hectic times that ended last Tuesday.  Sure I was sluggish all week, but I slept well, but no, today I had grand plans and slept most of the day away.  Now it's past 10 and I'm wide awake.  Bad idea.  Oh well. I've got tomorrow to catch up.

Not only did I water, but I took the opportunity to add some tomato cages to the volunteer tomato and the sucker experiment.

Both now have blooms on them, so I may have some more mystery tomatoes this year.  Oh, and speaking of mystery tomatoes, this one's just as mysterious as the watermelon tomato plant above.  I know I didn't plant tomatoes in amongst my carrots.

This one's very late, but I may let it go.  It all depends on how much space my fall planting takes up.

Speaking of fall planting, I was over at KitsapFG's site and she's already transplanted hardened off broccoli and cauliflower for fall.  Oh how behind I am.  Maybe tomorrow I'll direct sow the areas where I want to plant.  Aside from the cole crops I want to plant carrots gallore.  My kids have pretty much gutted my garden of all the carrots.  Gotta love it, but sheesh.  These carrots above are just about the only ones left until fall.  I've got some more planted, but they're not growing fast enough to replace them. 

In order to plant more, I have to gut my garden of bolting lettuce, harvested cauliflower and broccoli.

However, I hate to get rid of all this since I have tomatoes to harvest and my lettuce bins are not quite ready yet.  The broccoli shoots that I had hoped would be a single meal are toast.

Ah, well, I've got more broccoli ready to harvest.  Boy do I wish succession planting worked well with cole crops.  I still haven't got it down.

Hope everyone is handling the weather where you are, it's been in the high 80s, low 90s and muggy.  Tough to get anything done.

Enjoy your garden.


  1. Oh WOW! That bolting lettuce is beautiful. It could be landscape design itself. Fall crops? But your summer ones haven't started yet, have they? Y'all's seasons must be scrunched together. I'll start my fall garden seeds in August. We're still mid to high 90's then. :(

  2. How are you going to identify your mystery tomatoes, I bet that is harder than people might think with around 700 varieties to choose from.

  3. I'm in carrot purgatory too. I should have had the foresight to plant at least twice as many as I did. I'm never planting cauliflower again, as neither one of mine ever formed a compact head, they just bolted. At least we got a meal from the first one, the second one is compost material.

  4. I'm way behind on the fall schedule too! I might have to - gasp - buy some seedlings. I planted a ton of carrots, but they are growing pretty slowly and I can't keep the kids from pulling them up before they mature.

  5. I have some lettuce in containers that look just about like yours - I need to pull them and get them on the compost pile. Was just about to do that this afternoon, when I observed my husband go out and harvest big leaves from it for his roast beef sandwich he was making himself for lunch. Apparently he is still using them despite the bolting! I guess I will let them continue for a bit longer until the starts I seeded on the fourth of July get big enough to provide some young lettuce leaves.

  6. Well, Rich, I have a ton of tomatoes if you want to send some of that lettuce down my way LOL! Your lettuce is beautiful :-)

    If you slept in then you probably needed to. You've had quite a busy and hectic schedule lately. Sometimes you just need a day to rest up :-)

  7. kitsapfg is an overachiever. Seriously.

    Do you use homemade compost? Your tomatoes may be sneaking in that way?

  8. It RAINED today!!! :D So long overdue.

    Your lettuce looks so cool. Even though it's not edible, it still looks gorgeous in the garden :) All my boting plants topple over and look pretty pathetic lol

  9. Urban Veggie Garden BlogJuly 13, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    All my lettuce bolted as well, not sure why because its been below seasonal all season. We have been lucky to be in the 70's so far this summer. I keep hoping for hot muggy weather, maybe you can send some along?

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