It’s been a while since I talked about our garden!
There is a lot to talk about actually, I am definitely learning.
For example, in this picture I am sure you see how lush our tomato plant is and we have several large tomatoes on there way to being picked. What you may not notice is the leaves turning yellow. We had a ton of rain in the past month. I really liked it because it meant that I did not have to water the plants. What I did not know is that the water falling on the tomato leaves was causing blight. As the leaves got worse, I posted this picture along with a question in the group I am in on Facebook. Nobody said blight. It got worse and I assumed it was because of ants. They are invading my garden! Then another member posted their tomatoes and they looked just like mine. People told her that hers had blight. Blight is a disease that is caused by water on the leaves and picking the tomatoes when wet. It over winterizes the plants.
So now they look very sad but the good new is they are not dead! I am giving them a baking soda treatment (2 tbsp. baking soda with a gallon of water and two drops both dish soap and oil. The dish soap mixes it up and the oil helps the baking soda stick to the leaves). We were able to eat the tomatoes pictured but two that came later had to be thrown out. There are three flowers right now so I am hoping they come in fungus free! We have two other tomato plants and they got it as well because it is very contagious. Luckily though, we caught theirs early and still have several tomatoes growing on each of them.
These pictures were taken before we left for Colorado so I am happy to report that these flowers are now coolepenos! I added two of them to our chicken burgers a few nights ago. Tasty and NOT spicy. If you can find them, I do recommend them.
One bell pepper has been picked and we have some banana peppers that are very close to being picked. There is another kind of pepper that we are unsure of what they are but they taste great too!
We still have strawberries growing as well. I am really happy about that because I figured as hot as it gets in Texas we would be done growing by now. I asked on the forums and several people said they still are growing as well. I also had people say that theirs stopped but they had strawberries in January! I may go buy some more strawberries in October so we can have some starting in January and still have some in June! Six months (plus) of fresh strawberries sure would make this momma happy!
Our blueberry plant had three blueberries and look very healthy but no more berries yet. We need more bees I think.
I love watching our babies get involved as well! Bre loves watering the plants. I guess we have to learn a new way to water the tomatoes when they get home.
Another thing to notice is later this month hubs and I are going to create a raised bed so we can add some root vegetables including onions, carrots, spinach (not a root vegetable), and maybe some sweet potatoes. There are a few more plants I want to add soon as well, including raspberries, blackberries, a dwarf lemon tree, and a dwarf lime tree. We will see how it goes!
Are you growing a garden? How’s it going for you?