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checking in on the garden: August 2014

Checking in on the Garden August 2014

Oy.  It’s hot here.  Like, melt your face off hot.  How are you? Staying cool? I hope so.  The garden is hating life right now, just like the rest of us.  Except we get to hide out in the air conditioning, while our poor plants are suffering out there in hellish temperatures.  For the sensitive viewers out there, you might want to shield your eyes.

Tomato August 2014

Tomato and Lizard August 2014

Right? You do remember when the tomato plant looked like this, don’t you?

Tomato Varieties June 2014

Yea.  Those were better days.  August in Phoenix, though? Bleh.  I had to rip out a tomato plant over the weekend, there was just too much dry death out there and it was crapping me out.  That is what’s on the ground in the top picture to the right.  I am leaving the big bush to see if I can bring it back with cooler weather.  It could make it, it could die, but I’m going to see what it does nevertheless.  In ripping out the tomato plant that I did, I uncovered this guy:

Strawberry August 2014

Seriously? A strawberry plant in August? He’s so confused.  And of course, now that he isn’t protected with a canopy of dying tomato plant, he’ll probably succumb to frying like the rest of ’em.  Guess we’ll find out, huh? Here’s what else we’ve got hanging in there:

Tomatoes, Thyme and Strawberry August 2014

tomato, thyme and strawberry

Mint August 2014

Maybe I should have listened when my friend shared this mint transplant with me, and put it in a container so it doesn’t take over…

Tomato, Basil, Bell Pepper August 2014

Look at all that green amidst all the brown! The basil is just so mild mannered, it gets along in almost any circumstance.  The bell peppers are MUCH smaller than they use to be, but they are still going strong and taste pretty good when we let them go to red.  Let’s not talk about the tomato, OK?

August 2014 Raised Bed Garden

So the tomato plant I ripped out.  It was full of tomatoes, but they aren’t that good, really.  They came from a compost growth, and I know which tomatoes they descend from.  At Christmas time, my sister brought over a salad full of cherry tomatoes.  When the lettuce and everything else started to rot, I threw the whole bowl of salad into the compost pile.  Those tomatoes sat for a whole month without changing a bit.  No wrinkling, no browning, no rotting.  Outside all that time, and they stayed “fresh” as the day they were bought? Ew.  I haven’t been able to really enjoy them because I felt like they were probably GMO and definitely going to make me grow a third eye or something.  And they grow really long and deformed, so that’s just weird.  I mean, don’t you think? Anyway, I have another of the same plant out there, and I’m just going to watch and see what it does.

Lily and Vinca August 2014

lily and vinca

Sage and Elephant Food

dead tomato, sage and elephant food

So yesterday I harvested cherry tomatoes, basil and bell peppers.  I made my yum-tastic pesto (recipe here) and cooked up a pretty tasty dinner with pesto mahi mahi, steak, pasta salad with the peppers and tomatoes, and grilled zucchini from my cousin’s garden.  At least I am able to enjoy something from the garden right now.  Come on autumn! I am so ready! How is your garden growing?

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  • Summer in CT is prime garden time….the best days of the year!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    Cover your strawberry survivor back up! He will rock it in fall, send out a ton of runners. Ps, mine are allllll confused, trying to grow strawberries like mad! The key is definitely shade for them. I am convinced!

    The mint looks awesome, better looking than mine. I might have to transplant it to another location. Totally jealous. Good job.

    How did the lemon balm and pineapple sage transplant?ReplyCancel

    • I do need to cover the strawberries! Runners are good?!? Crap. Took those out 🙁 aside from hay, what can I use to shade them? The lemon balm and pineapple sage didn’t make it 🙁 Thanks for your help!! ReplyCancel

      • Shannon

        Runners are good because they are strawberry babies in the process of happening! After a certain point you may need to stop them but I don’t know about that. More research would be needed. Maybe leaves would work? I have one hidden in a plant that is in the process of dying, so I left all the deadness on it.

        If you want to try the pineapple sage and lemon balm in the fall, just let me know. I still have lots.ReplyCancel

        • I thought I had read the runners slow strawberry production, but now I need to research it again! I have a shade cloth, I wonder if that would work or if it would smother it… I’ll have to try some different things until I get the hay. I will try the sage and lemon balm in the fall, thanks! ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    If you want to try lemon grass too, we can. Supposedly it roots really easy.ReplyCancel

    • Is lemon grass like wheat grass?ReplyCancel

      • Shannon

        More for Asian cooking. I don’t know what you do with wheat grass. Runners do slow production, however, you will get more plants and can always fertilize! Besides, not berry season right now!ReplyCancel