I took photos of the garden last week. I really meant to show them to you. I promise I did. Then when I didn't get a chance to put up that post before the move, I figured I'd have time on Thursday or Friday. Or even Saturday. Right. My priority was so not my blog. It was trying to find things in my house. Somewhere my dish detergent is hidden in a box. All the kitchen boxes have been opened and put away, but nowhere is my hand soap, my dishwasher detergent, or my Dawn. It is in the pit I call the basement. The place where boxes go to hide. They mysteriously change their labels just so they can stay in the cool part of the basement and not come up into the heat.
There has been a lot of growth since that last photo was taken a week ago. The majority of the growth has been in the back part though.
The zukes are just growing like crazy. I'm sure in a month they will be taking over the bed. Also growing like crazy in this bed are the butternut squash and the cukes.
And the cilantro in the shadiest part of the bed is starting to grow. I'm a little worried that it is too hot here for it and it will bolt prematurely. Ah well, then I'll call it coriander. Dill has also started coming up in front of my cukes. I'll have to thin them all out sometime.
Tomaotes! Most of them are in the lower of the two beds. The rock wall has two different heights. The lower bed I think of as the front bed and the higher as the back. They do love these bed. Or so I thought until I went back to the old house. After not seeing those for a few days they are huge. Just huge. Bigger than these. About a third of the tomatoes have blossoms on them already - Chocolate Cherry, Emma, Gabrielle, Heinz, Market Miracle and Principe Borghese. Some even have more than one truss blooming. In this heat it won't take long for them all to start blooming.
And not only did I steal Granny's heat, but somehow I got her birds at the new house too. Sigh. Maybe she sent them to me for stealing her heat? They killed my cumin. They tried to kill one of my marigolds, but it would take a lot more than a sparrow to kill one of those. I hack them back viciously in the summer and they thrive on it. The sparrows here flock in huge numbers. They swoop down and take things apart. I liked my old birds. I had mixed birds of all kinds (including sparrows). But they rarely killed things. Even the crows I had didn't pull up my plants. I need some hawks here to keep my sparrows under control. Maybe I can convince my old redtailed hawk to follow me here.
And so we can leave on a good note. I'll show you that the tomatillos are doing well too. I can't wait to try them. At the old house they are getting decimated by the cucumber beetles, but these are doing well. It looks like a bit of insect damage, but tomatillos can handle a lot more before the are slowed down much.