Sorry I’m late to the party. Sunday night, two thunderstorms came through and knocked out my Internet again. (I am planning to fix that problem for good this week.) Speaking of Sunday, I returned from vacation to a garden not as weedy as I expected. The mulch I laid beforehand definitely helped. All of the turnips bolted while we were away, and much of the lettuce turned bitter in the heat. I noticed, however, that the lettuce shielded from direct sunlight by nearby perennials tastes pretty good. We had it for supper last night with grilled salmon and chicken.
My nephew, Coleman, did a great job watching and watering my container plants. However the garden is a bit dry. I may need to set the irrigation system to water more deeply. I will watch it this week and let you know.
It is hot here. Highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. You know what that means . . . tomato time. The tomato plants are busily setting fruit on their yellow blossoms. Remember that one yellow, cherry tomato plant which came with fruit from the nursery? I ate the tiny fruit yesterday. It was good. How’s that for Egregious Tomato Gloating? Since the tomato plants are in blossom, it’s time to feed everyone. I’m feeding mine a balanced organic fertilizer. You could also feed them with compost, but that I’ve already done.
Also, if you fed your roses with alfalfa meal early in the spring, it has broken down and done its job. Time to do another feeding for them too. My climbers and some of the antiques have completed their first flush, and they are hungry. I’ll be stopping by the feed store on my way home from town today. If you used a long acting, granular fertilizer, you don’t need to feed again.
The green beans are climbing their supports, and the cucumbers have broken ground. The melons are coming along and with the heat, they will start really growing. All of the squash plants are up and so far happy. Every morning, I go out and check for squash bug eggs. While turning over each leaf, I think “Dear Lord, I hate squash bugs. What were you thinking?” When I eventually see the tiny bronze eggs, I’ll scrape them off and try to catch the adults. They like to hide under things, so placing a board in the garden is a great idea. Turn it over in the early morning, and you’ll find them. Then, drop the little “bleeps” in soapy water where they will drown. See kids, gardening is fun.
Oh, I forgot to mention, my sugar snap peas had grown so large that I picked and shelled most of them. That’s the first time I’ve ever had to do that. They tasted great. I’m also eating snow peas. I think the peas did so well this year because of the very cool spring we had.
I intend to plant okra this week which will be a bit late, but it is a dwarf variety and won’t take long to grow. I may also plant some bush green beans. Is there anything I’ve forgotten?
Life is good in Oklahoma. Love y’all.