Rainy weather kept the garden watered, but also allowed the weeds to grow. The first task this week was some much needed weeding.
Even though I wasn’t paying the garden much attention, it seems to be progressing really well. Some observations:
|First Pepper Blossom|
|Potatoes Ready to Bloom|
|Garlic Scapes beginning to form|
Salsify and Shogun Turnip have sprouted. Both are new to the garden spot this year. I wanted to add more variety of root vegetables for roasting and stews. The Shogun Turnip will need to be thinned. I am looking forward to the greens.
The tomatoes suffered a bit from the delay in transplanting to the garden. They seemed to have recovered as their new growth is much greener and healthier looking:
|Tomato Showing nice, green new growth|
I was disappointed to find that after weeding the carrot bed, I only have about 2-dozen carrots growing. A waste of growing space and effort. I scattered more carrot seeds, pressed them into the soil, watered, and hoped for the best.
Pests: Slugs and snails were found munching on the bolted pak choi. Stripped potato beetles were spotted on the potato plants although not at the numbers seen in the past. Flea beetles are lacing up the eggplant and some pepper foliage. No stripped cucumber beetles yet. Usually they strike when the plants are very young and vulnerable. Maybe a later planting actually encouraged them to go elsewhere?
This week: more weeding