Sunday, June 5, 2011
Weekly Farm Update: 6/5/11
Along with these beauties, we have our edibles and this season has been a tasty one already. We've enjoyed some tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, carrots, snow peas, onions, tons of lettuce, radishes and basil.
One of the other veggies we are waiting for are the eggplants. I have two in the same bed as these bells and a few more in containers. I had about the same amount of plants as last year and I remember how many eggplants we ate. I sure hope this year is up to par. There are blossoms on these everywhere and all the bee activity should help these out.
I mixed in compost when I seeded the first carrots, in ground, and they grew well. Here's hoping to bigger carrots from the beds!
I'll give the you the bad news first; most of my lettuce has bolted. I have picked off the lower leaves and those will be enjoyed in a big salad later. I had lettuce last year but it was no where near the lettuce from this year and I will probably try more in the fall.
Now for the good news; I will have more room for other plants! Although, I was thinking of letting it flower and see if I can collect some seed. This is also exciting for me as I don't think I've ever seen lettuce flower.
I think I've covered most of the major groups in the garden except for the tomatoes and don't worry, I won't leave them out.
Early Girls, Yellow Pear and Roma tomatoes have already been eaten. Most of them have been eaten fresh right out of the garden. A little rinse under running water is all they need and they are added to salads, sandwiches or just eaten by themselves.
Along with the "normal" tomatoes, I have my tomatillo plant growing and blossoming. Like I've said before, there are different schools of thought as to how many plants are needed for pollination. I am ecstatic to say that with ONE plant, fruit has been set and is growing. I was ready to either yank the plant or see if I could find another one at the nursery but it looks like I may not need to. I don't want to county my tomatillos before they are set but if I get 1 out of it, I will call this a successful season for them. I know I can probably transfer something to that same spot that will have higher yields but where is the fun in that?
On the right is the tomatillo plant but the one that looks like a small bush, is one of my Yellow Pear plants. I love these little ones and this one plant is loaded up with them.
I shall be back next week!
This week's update in photos is HERE.