It's high time I review what is happening in the beds as I didn't get around to posting an update in June. You'll have to excuse some of the photos as I took many of them during a sunny, windy day - not exactly the best picture taking weather.
The tomatoes are doing ok considering I sowed them a month later than last year. This is what they looked like in mid-June:
|Tomato bed in mid-June|
|Tomatoes - Mid-July 2014|
The broccoli is growing well & several have little broccoli heads:
|This guy will hopefully continue to grow to a good size|
|Large but weird|
The aspabroc is also in this bed, but I will likely be pulling them out soon. I mistakenly cut the stalks much too low when I first harvested from them and I think I seriously reduced the potential for good side shoots. Not that I have any idea what the side shoot production on this one is - maybe these teeny, tiny shoots are what you are supposed to get.
|Close Up of Aspabroc Side Shoot|
|Mizuna with (very) baby bok choy on the left|
The mizuna was so large, that it was overshadowing the row of baby choy. I'm hoping that the choy gain a bit of size now that the mizuna is out of the way.
I've harvested some of the 2nd sowing of radishes this past week and I may get a few more. It looks like the Easter Egg variety (on the left in the photo below) doesn't like this hot weather or it was being shaded by the mizuna as it has not formed any bulbs at all.
|Radishes (front); turnips (back)|
Mizuna on the left trying to take over
|Yukon Gold Foliage|
|More Yellowing Foliage|
The peppers are doing well & they have lots of blossoms and tiny fruits forming.
|Peppers in Bed #16 (planted beside bush beans)|
|Peppers in Bed #14 (planted beside pole beans)|
|Slim Jim Eggplant|
|Slim Jim Flower Buds|
|Vermont Cranberry with |
Walcherse White hiding behind them further down the bed
The Gold Marie Romano's, on the other hand, are topping the trellis already, and the Trail of Tears aren't too far behind:
|Trail of Tears (left); Gold Marie (right)|
There are even some baby beans on the Gold Marie:
And now to the very sorry corn bed. After the initial round of corn damage, I surrounded the bed with Agribon in an effort to at least hide the corn, but I suppose that’s a bit futile as I’m sure whatever it is (consensus seems to be that it’s a racoon) knows darn well where the corn is now.
|Agribon fence in an attempt to hide corn|
You can see the corn carnage behind it
The asparagus continues to excite me – the spears have become noticeably thicker as the weeks go by:
|You can see how much thicker this|
newly emerged spear is compared to the others that surround it
I do a quick check under each flower before I pop it off as I found aphids on a few of the stems, just beneath the flowers. When I do find some, I simply pick the stem and plop it into a bowl of water so that I can dispose of it afterward - wouldn't want those aphids to find their way back to my plants.
The kids bed is doing great – J is harvesting snow peas now & there are tiny tomatoes on my daughters plants. Her sunflowers are doing amazingly well - and yes, they really are as big as they look.
|Sunflowers gone wild|
Makes me want to have a bed just for beautiful blooms
|We left this weed in place, until our friend moved on|