As the season moves along, the garden is starting to see new fruit! It’s an exciting time when tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers (so…nightshades, in other words) seem to be so close that our mouths start to water. In addition to the nightshades, cucumbers are imminent; beans, celery, and celeriac are coming in strong; and we’ve already had one round of carrots with more on the way. Plus, our dependable brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, etc.) and beets are still coming along.
Tomatoes in the Garden
One of the most exciting parts of the garden are the tomatoes. We have 13 varieties of tomatoes in the ground now, and we’ve been busy pruning and trellising them to help them grow tall. The varieties we have are:
- San Marzano
- Cherokee Purple
- Amana Orange
- Cosmonaut Volkov
- Fantome du Laos
- Supersweet 100
- Purple Bumblebee
- Blue Gold Berries
- Indigo Apple
- Indigo Rose
- Yellow Pear (in the greenhouse to prevent them from spreading early disease)
Plus we have purple and green tomatillos in the garden and several husk/ground cherry plants (related to tomatillos) in the greenhouse as an experiment.
Almost as exciting as tomatoes (in my opinion) are the peppers. We have bell, cayenne, anaheim, poblano, and jalapeno peppers set up in their garden beds, plus a couple of varieties in the greenhouse. Rounding out the greenhouse, we also have a few types of radishes that will be ready in the near future (plus watermelon radishes in the garden that have done very well and will be harvested tomorrow!).
Outside of the produce taking off, we’ve also had some friendly snakes showing up in the garden. Gopher snakes, in particular, have been showing up more frequently, and if they help reduce the gopher population in the garden then they will be my favorite animal.
Several beds have been completely harvested and it’s time to till them up, add compost, and plug in more plants! After learning the hard way about needing hearty helpings of compost, I’m looking forward to resetting some of the beds and trying for a more productive round in them. I’ve been learning so much about best practices, proper preparation, ideal irrigation setups, fertilization, planning & timing, plant varieties, and more. I know there’s a lot more to learn ahead of me!