On July 27th I should be losing my garden to the house's new owners. I'll be sad and happy about it at the same time. I've lived there for 19 years. I have a real love hate relationship with the garden. OK mostly love. But I do hate the clay soil and my neighbor's trees that shade the upper part. The RE Agents really like to keep the parties from talking to one another, but I did ask through the chain if they were going to keep the garden. The answer was yes.
Since they were going to harvest from it, I figured I'd better get those tomatoes dealt with. Last year I threw out my tomato cages since they were falling apart, rusting out, and couldn't hold up the tomatoes anymore. I wasn't about to buy cages, so staking them seemed appropriate. I'm not a staking fan, though I should be in our humid, wet climate. I just hate mutilating the plants. Those beautiful thick suckers had to come off. I mostly left two good stems to stake up. For some I couldn't bear to cut even that much off, so I left more.
I noticed a few little tomatoes forming. All the plants seem to be growing well. There is no sign of disease yet. Even the flea beetles seem to be lower in population right now. I had put out my white traps and they seemed to have suicided themselves in the soapy water.
While we were there I did a little weeding and we packed up some more of my leaves to go. I have most of the compost over here already, but not all. I'll get the rest soon I hope. When I got home I kicked myself. I forgot to tie up the cucumbers. In fact I didn't even check them. They might actually have little cukes on them. Next time.
The peas are putting out a second flush of blossoms. I'm shocked they are doing it in the heat we have been having. June is usually much cooler for us. It has felt more like July this month than June. But I'll be happy to get more peas. The lettuce isn't taking the heat nearly as well. I doubt I'll have many more harvests even from the ones in the shady part of the garden. I haven't been doing successions in this garden like I usually do. Successions take a lot of time and planning to do right. I just don't have the time now. I figured I'd survive one year without my summer and fall greens. I'll be sad about it though. I usually have lettuce except for a few weeks in August and I get brassicas all summer and fall. Transition years are so hard.