Happy Sunday! How’d your weekend go? The garden post is coming at you a little late this month, but trust me, you aren’t missing much. It’s hot and miserable here and the garden hates me right now. She’s hanging in there, but every day I go out there and things are slooooowly shrinking away. I don’t even want to talk about it or I’m going to whine. Seriously. It’s also monsoon season. Total Phoenix soup out there, guys. It’s gross. SO.
right after i shot these photos, i weeded and picked the basil flowers off. you can see a basil plant, the basil plant with flowers and my sad little bell pepper plant on the right. in the back is our “early girl” variety tomato plant.
the “early girl” tomato – turning crispy on the bottom, but still producing stunted fruit above
mint, portulaca and a brave little strawberry plant in the back
a pot out front with vincas, a pepper plant, marigold and cherry tomatoes
most of the peppers on this plant are drying up before they get very big… and the flowers turn crispy before they can go anywhere
the roses are doing ok, a little yellow and stunted right now, though
teeny tiny little buds, and notice the brown leaves? it’s either from the extreme heat, a fungus or just the plant sacrificing the older leaves for the new ones. i’m not worried, since it happens every year. if it gets worse though, i’ll do some research and let you know how it turns out. oh! and do you see those circular holes in the leaf on the right? that’s from the leaf-cutter bee and it’s only a cosmetic problem, it doesn’t hurt the plant.
this strawberry plant has gone lost it’s mind. flowering in july? HA! i checked it the next day, and it was toast.
earlier this year, this pot was filled with vincas, and then all of a sudden, the main plant jumped ship
the vincas out back are still holding their own though!
So, here’s the thing. I could probably water everything every day instead of every other, I do need to fertilize and I’ve heard I should cover the strawberries with hay. The watering is time consuming and I water deep, so I just can’t bring myself to do it every day. I feel like, at this point, if the plants aren’t going to make it with the effort I’m giving, then maybe they just need a break. Because, did I mention that it’s freaking hot out? I do want to fertilize and try the hay, we’ve just been busy and I haven’t made it to the nursery. I should probably figure out what seeds I’m going to start for the fall garden, huh? Yea, I’ll work on that too. Here’s last July’s garden – I almost forgot we had eggplant and pumpkin growing then! So glad we didn’t do that again this year… How’s your garden growing? Bet it’s happier than mine! Please, do tell 🙂