We harvested our first tomatoes and they were beauties! We like to give away the first picking of our produce as a “first fruits” offering so Jay took them to a friend. Unfortunately he did it so quickly that I didn’t get a picture to show you.
I had been a little worried about the tomatoes due to the incredible amount of rain we had early in the season. Tomatoes don’t like wet feet and I wondered how they’d do, but the abundance of green tomatoes on the plants appear to be about to give us a bumper crop. I’m so thankful since our tomatoes haven’t amounted to much for the past couple of years.
The “junk garden” is giving me lots of celery, so much so that I took some to our neighbor. She kept declaring how wonderful it smelled. Garden celery is indeed more fragrant than the store-bought stuff (no shock there) and I think it tastes so much better. I cut up several stalks, made a batch of homemade ranch dressing, and munched away. Yummy!
Jay & I got tired of mulching our front flower bed and incessantly pulling weeds (still a battle, by the way) so back in May I searched the clearance racks at the local home improvement center for plants to fill the space. We’re going for a full, lush, can’t-see-dirt, choke-the-weeds look. I found dozens of $1.00 plants that were past the prime of their first bloom but were perennials that I knew would come back every year. I loaded up and am loving the benefits now. The new flowers have taken off and are rapidly filling the space, which at least disguises the weeds until we can pull them!
I also had some Black-eyed Susans come up volunteer, perhaps having blown over from a neighbor’s yard. I moved them early in the season to get them where I wanted them and they appear to be trying to take over the world. It looks like a couple of them are conspiring with my butterfly bush to dominate the end of the flower bed by the driveway. The purple and yellow blossoms are very pretty all mingled together but I’m going to have to do some pruning if we want to continue to go in and out of our front door.
It’s so nice to have lots of good garden news to report this time! I hope your garden is doing well for you, no matter if you have a huge garden like my aunt and my sister, a few raised beds like mine, or a couple of containers on the patio or balcony like some of my friends. Please comment with your garden update, even if that means a successful trip to your local farmers’ market!
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