I feel like I keep repeating myself, but not much has changed in the garden lately. Of course, with the intense heat of summer, not much grows right now. Well, ok, the weeds keep growing, but we don’t have much to harvest at this time of the year.
Again today, our high temperature is 95F with a “feels like” of 104F and we are under a Heat Advisory from the National Weather Service. The only slight reprieve has been the rain a few times per week.
The rain also helps save on our water bill and time we have to spend in the heat because we aren’t out there using the hose to water the garden. And by we, I mean Justin, because there are still too many wasps our for my liking.
One of the few things we were able to harvest from the garden earlier this week is a huge green onion. Well, the onion itself isn’t huge, but the stems are! The leaves were starting to get droopy, which is a sign that the onion is ready to pull. Since we aren’t using it right away, I put it in a jar with some water so it stays good for a while longer.
Last weekend, Tyler and Ryan helped Justin do the yard work while I cleaned the inside, and they went ahead and pulled all of the plants from the boy’s gardens. They weren’t looking good, but Tyler said it needed something so he put a pinwheel in there for now.
Our mint is growing well, despite the heat and being trimmed back to almost nothing last month, and the onions are still going strong, too. Our pepper plants are finally starting to show some promising growth, although I don’t know if we will get any peppers off of those until the spring at this point.
The watermelon vines are getting very thick, and growing outside their garden bed. I can see a lot of flowers, but haven’t seen any fruit starting to grow yet. Although, I’ll be honest, with how many wasps fly around the area I am not digging to look for the fruit. Once it’s big enough to worry about I’ll be able to see if from further away.
The ginger plants are growing steadily, and the spider grass has a few more of their beautiful purple flowers again. I mentioned last week that the canna lilies are very stagnant this year and that hasn’t seemed to change. We don’t have many bright, colorful flowers out there like before.
Our banana trees are starting to do a lot better now that we are getting more rain consistently a few times per week. We are just starting to hit the rainy season in this area.
The blackberry bush is starting to take over that garden bed, which is what we were hoping for.
A few weeks ago Justin pulled up all of the squash and zucchini plants because they were rotting. He trimmed back the tomato plants in hopes that it would help them grow, but no luck so far. Those might be going next time we get out there to do a big cleanup in the yard.
My indoor herbs seem to finally be growing well after planting seeds a few weeks ago. The basil has grown the most, followed by the dill. I wasn’t sure if the oregano would do much, but it finally sprouted this week. I can’t wait to have fresh herbs to cook with again. They taste so much better and it’s fun to pick them from the garden and make a dish out of it.