It has been a little over a month since my last garden update, and boy has it changed! Everyday my garden looks a little different so it is always a new adventure every time I get to check it out. I am sure my neighbors think I am so strange because I find myself just standing there staring at all that is going on in my veggie beds…
The tomatoes are seriously out of control! They are all definitely taller than me by at least a foot and have lots of tomatoes forming. Haven’t had a ripe one yet, but I saw a cherry tomato that will probably be ready to pick tomorrow. First one of the season!
(Took a picture with Mabel sitting in front so you could see how tall the tomato plants were getting. Mabel wasn’t exactly thrilled to be the model, but she powered through.)
For all you Central Texas gardeners the tomatoes that seem to be producing the most in my garden so far are the Sweet Million Cherry Tomato (seriously named appropriately), Bella Rosa Hybrid Tomato, and of course the good ole Celebrity Tomato.
Sweet Million Cherry
Bella Rosa Hybrid
Once I get some ripe ones, I will let you know my personal favorites.
As of right now the absolute stars of my garden are my pineapple tomatillos. Seriously one amazing fruit. I have harvested a handful already and have been enjoying these little surprises. When you eat one you get a cherry tomato taste followed by a sweet berry flavor. Pretty great! You should definitely put one in your garden (for all you northwesterners I heard they grow well there too so no excuses).
Now onto my poor peppers. I see other gardeners in Austin who already have some good-sized ones. Not sure what is going on, but mine have to be fighting something. The good news is that their fighting just might be paying off as they are finally setting some peppers! Now here is to hoping that they get big and strong…
Big Bertha Bell Pepper
As for my squash they have also been moving quite slow. I blame it on the lack of sun since all the trees have been providing some undesirable shade in my garden. Thanks to my friend Jenni she lent me her tree trimmers and the sunlight has been coming in and my squash are much happier (p.s. you should check out her blog, her garden is pure inspiration).
Yellow Summer Squash
And the watermelon my niece and nephew helped plant has been doing its thing!
Bugs. I seriously hate them. They make gardening difficult for me—you have no idea how much I can’t stand them they creep me out like no other! It is something I am dealing with and trying to overcome so I can become a “true” gardening fool.
The other week we had some harvest of little bitty bugs. Like thousands of little bugs all over everything. If you looked at the soil long enough it looked like it was moving. In the end they didn’t seem to damage my plants and I think they were beneficial trichogramma wasps (but I am no bug expert so I can’t say for sure). And then last week I went to town battling these weird orange and black bugs only to find they were also beneficial milkweed assassin bugs. It’s a good thing they won the battle.
(Those are not specs of dirt, they are little bugs all over the side of my raised bed.)
Milkweed Assassin Bugs on my tomatoes (seriously freaked me out at first!)
Then there are the bad bugs. Dealing with aphids and ants. Fire ants actually. If anyone has any tips how to keep them away forever, would love to hear it!
Thanks for checking out my garden!
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