|Peering into what I lovingly refer to as "Tomato Jungle"|
|Sweet little cherry tomatoes|
It's been an adjustment learning to garden here. There are some advantages and some difficulties that go with our weather. One advantage is that we can have things in the ground pretty much year round here. Unless there's some bizarre cold snap, we can harvest veggies like cole crops and lettuces for a good long while into our coldest days. Things grow slower, but many many plants can survive at least a frost or two. Summer is a different story. The heat is more likely to kill here than the cold, and the humidity means we have to keep a close eye on squash and melons and the like so they don't grow mildew. Last summer, we lost a good amount of our tomatoes to an early July heat wave that hit right as they started to fruit. This year, most of our tomatoes are already getting to full size and ready to ripen. We've been enjoying cherry tomatoes for at least a week and more are on the way.
|April eyes a tomato plant.|
Gardening is kind of a gamble with a lot of luck, wishing and tinkering thrown in for good measure. Can we eke out another round of carrots in June? No dice. But we'll try again in September and see where that leads. For now I'm watching the thermometer (and the corn) creep up and keeping my fingers crossed for a few more not-sweltering days.
|Hoping for a nice ripe cantaloupe soon...mmm|
|Marigolds and a delicious lemony basil|
|Tall tall corn|
|Okra puts out a pretty flower|