“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nice Weather

... a bit too cool for tomatoes and peppers.

My tomatoes have blossoms that keep falling off.  I think our chilly summer is the cause.  My pepper plants started from seed last March are slowly getting bigger.  Ever thankful for the bigger plants I purchased and added for insurance.  Not sure about the rest of the country that seems to be sweltering in the heat and humidity .. but would like to have some of the warmth arrive to set the blossoms.  Today I was thankful to see the bees out once again in the backyard.  Seems they were mainly collecting from the spring flowers that are now just blooming in the front yard.  I have lots of clover in the back .. and now the mustard is blooming .. hopefully this will entice the bees enough to notice the tomato plants as well.

What's blooming, withering, or being harvested from your garden?


Kay said...

I'd like to trade some of our Nebraska heat/humidity for some coolness. Heat indicies of 110+ this week. My tomatoes will be dropping blossoms due to the high heat. But the cucumbers and beans and corn and basil are all loving it. As well as the field corn & soybeans. Cattle... not so much, but they have the ponds & barn to cool off. I am thankful for A/C.

Monday's Child said...

My tomatoes have gone insane. I sent a friend home Saturday with half a grocery bag filled. My basil, chard, and lettuce are also doing really well. And my carrots, after making me question if they'd ever grow any more, finally started to take off.
My savoy cabbage is putting out a lot of leaves but not forming heads. My cucumber has long vines full of blossoms but isn't setting fruit. My arugula bolted and my radishes got all cracked (too much water I think) but the leeks seem to be doing well.
It's my first year of gardening, so I'm planting everything that catches my eye even if it isn't really the season or environment for that crop. It's been a fun experiment.

Laurie said...

We just had a very nice lull, with temps in the 80's instead of upper 90's. Tomorrow they'll begin climbing steadily again. We're harvesting tomatoes, peppers, okra, cucumbers, summer squash, berries & eggplant, as well as herbs & flowers. I canned the first tomatoes of the summer this morning-- 10 1/2 qts. As Kay said, I'm awfully thankful for A/C.