Gail of Green Living


Ready for Fall Garden!

I’m very sure I am ready for Fall!  We had a “teaser” cool front a couple of weeks ago, and another is promised next week.  But the heat returned and cut my enthusiasm for gardening quite a bit. While it was cool, I did spend some time trimming dead limbs off my tomato plants and I think they will be good until we have a freeze.

Free tomato plant

This is my tomato plant I found in my Amaryllis a couple of months ago.  It is producing grape tomatoes now.  Since I never grew this variety before, I will have to assume the seeds came from my compost.

Free 2 Tomato Plant

This is the free plant that appeared in my Cilantro.  I think it’s another cherry tomato variety.  For those who have followed my blog for a while, I promised I would raise no tomatoes this fall.  But I have trouble with that when the plants are just there anyway!  And I have some of the bush varieties that started putting out new growth and blooms!

Bush tomato plant

There is a chance we could have a bumper crop of those nice bush tomatoes this fall!

I’ll update herbs next time.  I even have some to share.   Find out which ones are doing well in my garden in the next post!



Odd Couples in the Garden
July 6, 2012, 8:45 am
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Tomato/Amaryllis

I think I have a couple of odd couples in my garden.  This tomato plant has sprouted and grown to a decent size without my even noticing it!  I think it must be a cherry tomato variety, but that’s just a guess.  I know the Amaryllis is a giant red bloom, and the flowers are stunning and dramatic every Spring!

Tomato/Amaryllis

Now, this tomato plant has a more stout stem and is more compact, so I’m guessing it is a Better Bush.  These amaryllis pots are less than two feet apart.  What do you suppose happened to create these odd couples in my garden?  My guess is that the squirrels and birds took their snack from my tomato plants, perched on the side of this pot to eat, and the seeds fell in the pot.

There is not much soil in these pots, because the bulbs don’t require it.  I will try to carefully transfer these plants to other pots, to give myself a headstart on my Fall Garden!

Do you ever have an Odd Couple in your garden?



Summer Garden in June

Purple Hulled Peas

Let’s start with the GOOD things about my garden in June.  These purple hulled peas are growing in a pot about 14″ in diameter.  I can’t remember how many seeds I planted, but I know they are way more crowded than any seed packet would advise.  The first picking last night yielded only 1 serving, and I just need 2 at a time, so maybe next time, it will be better.  They are a beautiful summer plant!

Pumpkin

Now, this seems like a really odd-looking pumpkin, but it just might grow up to be a tall, skinny dude someday.  Two other small pumpkins have not made it as far as this one, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  The vines are resting on cardboard, because the ground underneath is full of tree roots and weeds.

Blueberry Bush

This is a ripe blueberry I ate right after the picture was taken.  It was the best one ever!  I have netting all around both bushes now, and I might get to eat the last 1/2 dozen on the bushes.  The Mockingbirds and Bluejays LOVE them, too, and they were clearly the winners this year.  My grandson ate two and I’ve had one.  I wonder how many bushes a city dweller needs to have enough production to matter!

Better Bush Tomato

Well you can see that I’ve had to cover the tomatoes with bird netting as well!  But I’m getting more tomatoes again.  They aren’t very big, but they are good.  This bush shows the result of heavy rains and heat…yellowing leaves and new growth.  So they won’t win a beauty pageant, but I’m counting on a nice bumper crop later in the summer.

Cucumbers

After enjoying several great cucumbers, all of a sudden, the leaves all withered and died.  I think it was too hot, but I’m going to try again.  This is the second crop getting started.

Parsley

Now parsley is usually not a big thing on my maintenance routine.  Usually, if I just keep it in the shade during the summer, it makes it.  However, about six weeks ago, I had bright green and black striped worms (and you can see where they stripped off the foliage), and after using the HOD method of worm control, I didn’t see anymore.  I’ve been seeing butterflies in and around it the last few days, so I am prepared for another round of worms any time now!  Someone tell me why butterflies like parsley.

I also found a very large hornworm on one tomato plant this morning.  Two things tell you to look for one and they leave clues about the location…no leaves left on stems of one area of the plant and worm “poop” directly below where that rascal is munching!

In Houston near the Medical Center, we need more consistent, but less heavy rains.  I hope your garden is doing well.  I hope to hear from my friend who has her garden in Maine every summer!  Her blueberry picking experiences inspired me to get my bushes!