I love this time of year. The peaches are almost ripe. Kevin can’t wait, me making peach cobbler soon. The herbs are great for sauces and other recipes. The peppers just love the heat in the greenhouse. My sunflowers are in full bloom in the raised beds. But today, I also harvested the last tomato, before I cut the plants down in the greenhouse. They had to make room for zucchini, corn, and okra. I have to see, how well they will do. But it is worth trying it. So far the seedlings do very well.
It’s definitely getting warmer in North Texas. Day temperatures are in the 90s (32°-36°C), since the beginning of Summer. We’ve also had some thunderstorms, last week. It’s the perfect mix for growing vegetables and fruits in the garden. The squirrels planted some seeds earlier in the year. And now, we have corn plants with ears on them. Since the wildlife worked so hard sowing seeds, the corn ears will go to the squirrels. Maybe they will share with a mouse and a few birds. As of right now, we have to share our peaches with the squirrels. Until Luis comes out and barks them out of our backyard: “No peaches for you, Sandy! Woof!”
Because it got warmer, the tomatoes slowed down with their production. We will see, if they make it to Autumn and start to produce again. If not, there will be room for some more Autumn/Winter vegetables. One of the Orb-weaver Spiders made camp in our Autumn Sage. We always can use a good friend like Zippy in the garden. She takes care of the pesky insects and keeps them away from our garden. Our clematis blooms for the third time, this season. I need to start to trim it. That way, we might get the plant bushier and more blossoms. Something I still have to learn how to do.
Since we are back from Seattle, I have harvested tomatoes from the greenhouse every day. They are so delicious and have lots of flavor. On Saturday, I made my mother’s tomato-sausage salad recipe, which was very refreshing in this humid Texas weather. We gave my in-laws a few tomatoes to enjoy on the road back home to North Carolina. And last night, I harvested nine more semi-ripe tomatoes, which can be eaten throughout this week. This gives the new tomatoes more room and time to ripe on the vine.
The tomato plants grow like weeds in the greenhouse. We have about two dozen fruits growing on the plants. And every day, I find a few more ‘maters on the vines. Today, I also could harvest a couple of jalapeño. The pepper plants seem to pick up. The hot temperatures in the greenhouse help the peppers growing much better. And we have new “tenants”. The Greenhouse Fairies moved into the beautiful solar house, I purchased for them last week. Sara checks on Tinker & Friends, if they come home every night. When the lights are on, the Greenhouse Fairies are here. 😉
We have some nice producing tomatoes in the greenhouse. It shows, it was worth taking the time building higher beds and fill them up with kitchen composts, before I planted the tomatoes in one of the beds. The plants are strong and sturdy for holding the big ‘maters, once they are fully grown. I can’t wait for making my Mom’s refreshing Tomato-Bologna Salad in Summer. Homegrown tomatoes are the best!
The plants are doing great in the greenhouse. We have tiny tomatoes showing under the blossoms. When the fruits are bigger, I will blog and show some photos of them. But right now, they are still very small. One of our Lemon Basil plants began to bloom. The fennel is getting bigger, which will be a great host for Black Swallowtail Caterpillars in Summer. The Shasta Daisies are flourishing. The peppers are still tiny. Once it gets warmer, they will start to grow bigger, too. I have to be patient with them.
Last Winter, I dumped a Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin in the compost. Now, we have seedlings growing out of it. We will leave them all in there and hope they make it. Probably only the strongest will survive. If we get a pumpkin or two out of it, that would be awesome. And if we not, it will be fun to see how far along the seedlings will grow in that pile. Hey, the tomatoes grow on almost a foot of kitchen compost. Why shouldn’t it work for the pumpkins, right?! 😉 The broccoli is done! It blooms and soon will go to seed. I’ll collect them for the next season. I’m surprised, how well the Rosemary does in the raised bed. This herb usually likes well drained soil and not much rain.
Last Friday, I planted the peppers in the greenhouse raised bed. Their leaves look very healthy, and the pepper fruits are growing nicely in the soil. I hope, we are more successful this year. I wondered, where all our peppers went last Summer. In Winter, I found Mr. Ratatouille all snuggled up in a nice bed of mulch under a flower pot, protected from the cold weather. When he noticed, I found his secret spot, he ran out of the garden and under the deck. A few weeks later, we caught him with peanut butter and a sugar cookie in the life trap. Our garden must have been paradise for Ratatouille.