2017 Garden Update #14: Tropical Oasis

Well, we have our tropical oasis in the backyard, but the garden has suffered for it. The temperatures have been in the mid 90s, scorching a lot of the plants in the gardens. The plants that are from tropical locations have been thriving.

The only thing left in the herb garden is the aloe plants. The rest of it has all bolted or is dying off. We need to pull it all, but it’s been so hot outside lately that we can’t bear to be out there for that long. So for now, they are just getting overgrown. Ok, I also don’t like going out back right now because I have an irrational fear of wasps and they are all over the place. I don’t even want to go out there to water the plants. Justin keeps telling me they aren’t out to get me, but it feels like they are when they fly past my head! Next house, I want a screened in patio so I don’t have to deal with them.

2017 Garden Update 14

A few plants in the vegetable garden are still growing. The okra have almost doubled in size lately and are ready to be harvested. I also noticed that it looks like the green onions are still growing. I thought those had all died off already. The tomatoes are looking pretty sad, the broccoli is gone, but there are a couple of peppers still growing. I’ll have to have Justin grab those, though, because I won’t go over there right now, too many wasps for me.

As I mentioned earlier, everything along the back of the yard is growing really well. The banana trees are taller than the fence. The canna lilies are as tall as the fence now. And the other plants are growing well too. I know I’ve said it in previous posts, but I just love the look these plants give the backyard. I like that they are blocking most of the ugly fence in the yard. I just can’t wait until it cools off a bit and we can really enjoy the back yard again.

The blackberry bush looks like it’s holding on. It obviously doesn’t like the heat either, but it hasn’t started dying yet. I just don’t know if we will ever get any fruit off of it, at least not until the winter since they typically like cooler weather. The orange tree hasn’t grown in months, but it’s still green, so it may still grow. The pineapples, also a tropical plant, are really starting to get big. Although I’ve read that it takes a couple years for a pineapple to grow, so I’m glad to see they are finally showing a lot of growth.

We have a few months still until the weather will start to cool down here, so I don’t have much hope for my garden until we get to the fall planting season. All we can do now is maintain the few things that are still growing, and try to harvest the seeds from any of the plants that bolted. As of right now, we have decided that we may need to find a way to grow our herbs inside, because it just gets too hot here for them. This is the second year we’ve had this problem. So if anyone has any tips on an indoor herb garden, please comment and let me know!

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