Garden Comings and Goings and Meanderings

We had a string of 90-100 degree weather this past week and with all extremes in weather, some of my plants did not make it despite watering 2 times a day and moving the containers to shadier regions of the deck. I had to say goodbye to my remaining pea plants, spinach and string bean (I was hoping it would resuscitate), one of my basil plants, half of my cilantro, a quarter of my dill, a handful of cucumber plants, a handful of radicchio and two of my new thyme plants. Many of the remaining plants got scorched… even the hardier ones. Today was pretty much just cleaning up the remains of these plants so tomorrow I’ll try to add new plants to fill in the holes.

I did pick up a few more companions: a stevia and a black cumin. I decided on the stevia because I am having trouble getting my zucchinis pollinated in the back corner of my garden. The neighborhood bees like to hang out in my front yard with the flowers and in the back with my tomatoes, but they haven’t quite crossed over to the zucchini. The stevia plant was covered with bees at the garden store, so I’m hoping this will add some enticement to the corner plot.

Stevia Plant

Stevia Plant

The black cumin just seemed very exotic – I actually had no idea what kind of plant that is and hand to look it up when I got home. I’m a sucker for unique herbs and plants. Maybe I’ll get to explore some new cuisine once I figure out how to eat it.

Black Cumin

Black Cumin

The rest of my garden survived in bits and pieces. My yellow watermelons are still going strong. I love the shape of the leaves and the greyish green color it has right now.

Yellow watermelon

Yellow watermelon

My purple tomatillos are starting to look like paper lanterns — they are my favorite.

Purple Tomatillos

Purple Tomatillos

My carrots are getting fuzzy…I will probably have to thin them soon.

Random Carrots

Random Carrots

The potatoes are huge and are starting to get small purple flowers. I am still amazed they grew as nothing I’ve planted in this former pond has survived.

Potatoes

Potatoes

I have one heirloom tomato. That’s it so far.

Heirloom Tomato

Heirloom Tomato

Lastly, this is the corner that the bees are avoiding, which has some artichokes, zucchinis and cucumbers. It’s mostly zucchinis.

Artichoke, Zucchini, Cucumber

Artichoke, Zucchini, Cucumber

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