I should be working on other projects, like that Christmas regency that could be finished in a month and published in two. Or the time travel story, which may never be finished but still amuses me.
So, of course, I’m puttering around in the garden.
The tomatoes are almost as tall as me, and producing enough for snacks and the occasional salad. The cherry tomatoes- one red, one purple- are most productive. And the basil has come back after I sheared it to make pesto; I may have to do that again. I’m also considering starting basil cuttings, so I can have it during the winter. Maybe. This house has a distinct paucity of south-facing windows, and the rosemary, lavender, and oregano have already claimed the best spots. The carrots and peppers are also doing fairly well. Jalapenos grow well in this climate; my single plant has half a dozen, while the bell peppers have one or two fruits per plant at a time.
But of course, every garden has some duds. I think the universe heard me joking about my massive cucumber crop last year- this year, I got one before the plants all died. I’m not sure what went wrong; they simply failed to thrive. And the squash bugs killed my zucchini plants. Little bastards. Zucchini is supposed to be one of those vegetables that anyone can grow.
The beans are making an interesting comeback. An unknown pest ate all the leaves a few weeks back, and I thought the plants were done for. Some of them died, but a few sprouted new growth, blooms, and now, tiny beans. Since I like fresh green beans, and it’s hard to find good quality beans in the store, this was an unexpected treat.
I expect the first frost at the end of October. Just enough time to plant a few cool-weather greens. So I’ve started broccoli- I tried this last year and the cabbage moths got them; this year, I have a plan- rocket- lived up to its name, sprouting in record time- kale, and lettuce. The latter two are just barely thinking about sprouting, a week after sowing. We’ll see. I’m also considering planting the old potato that’s sitting on the counter, just to see what happens. It’s a Yukon Gold, so it might grow fast enough to beat the freeze. And even if it doesn’t, it’ll be an interesting experiment.
How does your garden grow?