Over the past several weeks, plants in The Soul Patch have been growing and growing. The tomato plants never cease to amaze us. They are huge and bushy, just like last year, and started getting fruit on them by June 29th. We had to stake them up because they were getting too heavy to stand upright on their own. Because we have so many tomato plants, we had to do the staking in a couple of sessions.
The cabbage, for the most part, has grown to be large and beautiful. (There were a few that had bug holes on the outer leaves.) Thanks to our volunteer, Hubert L., about half of the cabbage has been harvested – about 40 pounds’ worth.
The beans and peas have been steadily creeping up the fence over the past few weeks.
See what I mean about everything growing and growing? Erik found pea pods on the pea plants today. Soon we’ll be picking peas at an amazing clip, and the beans are sure to follow fast.
The first crop of radishes have been harvested and another crop planted by Hubert. Our onions and peppers and coming along marvelously. Peppers should be ready for harvesting soon. The squash and zucchini we thought were not going to make it have suddenly exploded, with Erik discovering some that were ready to be picked today. (Why did we doubt these plants?)
It’s great fun to see how the garden this year differs from last year’s garden. I think it’s safe to say that we’ve been pleased with the results both years.