Garden Update #4
It’s another wonderful Sunday morning in Salt Lake City, and I’m outside in my bathrobe taking photos of the garden again. We had three days with rain this week, and there are weeds everywhere, so if you’re one of those meticulous gardeners (you know who you are), don’t be too critical. I’ll be spending several hours weeding today while the soil is still wet. Overall, my garden is looking great, even if there are a lot of weeds. Here are some of the discoveries I made today.
Baby Tomatoes!! For some reason I didn’t see a single tomato last weekend, and this weekend I see them on a lot of the plants. This is one of my celebrity tomato plants, one of my favorite all-purpose tomatoes.
These are cherry tomatoes, which are actually growing in one of my flower beds in a very sunny spot close to the house. The plant is a lot smaller than my other tomato plants, but there are a lot of flowers.
I have a lot of basil plants that have come up from the seeds I planted, and sometime this week I will transplant a few of them to space out the basil a little more. I’m guessing there will be about 30 basil plants this year, plenty for freezing fresh basil to last all winter.
I still see only one baby zucchini, but there are lots of beautiful flowers on all my zucchini plants. The spagetti squash and crookneck squash plant have lots and lots of buds, but no actual blooms yet.
My friend Robin suggested that the blog readers might like to see my idea of creating a cucumber trellis by taking two triangular shaped tomato cages and laying them down on the ground. It works very well, and keeps the cucumbers up where they are easier to find.
Here’s the most exciting bit of garden news this week. I had a friend over for dinner last night and we picked two cucumbers! We ate them with a bit of blue cheese dressing and some fresh ground black pepper and they were just delicious. There’s nothing to compare with garden cucumbers.
Last, but not least, here’s that lovely blushing beauty pepper which is nearly big enough to eat. Well, I could pick it now, but I’m letting it get a tiny bit bigger and waiting to see if the color will get a little deeper. Remember this type of pepper turns yellow, then orange, then red. I have two plants both of which have quite a few peppers on them.
That’s the garden update for this week. If you want to check the progress, here are the other updates:
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