We’ve had pretty unsettled weather here this week. Lots of thunderstorm warnings and showers. We did have drought early in the spring but from my perspective our summer has been pretty typical. Plenty of sunny days and rain at reasonable intervals. I think that our water table may still be down a bit from the spring and a slightly lower rainfall amount overall. I’m very worried for gardeners and farmers across the US who are experiencing their most severe drought in many years. If you missed it yesterday be sure to check out the post that I re-blogged from A Healthy Life for Me about how hot weather affects the garden. While your there be sure to check out the recipes too!
Here in the Salem Garden, things are coming right along. The Black-eyed Susan and Echinacea are in full bloom. I remember the neighbor who gave me my first clump of Black-Eyed Susan saying that they are “like sunshine”. They really are!
The pole beans found the fence and trellis. I’m wondering if they need a more pole-like structure to climb on.
It’s time to make some pesto! I’ll try to freeze some this week. I did clip back those flower buds after I took this photo. Be sure to clip the flower buds off of the Basil daily. It makes a big difference!
We have red tomatoes! Yay! A little wilt too. These Cherry tomato plants are across the garden from the Roma. I find Roma tomatoes to be a very disease resistant variety, but I’ll be sure to pick from the Cherry plants last and wash my hands well before I touch the Roma again. I hope that helps to prevent it from spreading, at least for a while.
The first gladioli is blooming! Hopefully we’ll see lots of these in the next week or so.
What’s growing in your garden? Leave a comment and let me know!
- Nationwide Drought Impacts Americans, Even in Massachusetts (becausewater.com)
- What’s Happening in the Garden – July 14th (thesalemgarden.com)
- US warns drought will push up food prices in 2013 – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- The Effects Of Hot Weather On Your Garden (ahealthylifeforme.com)