There's no harvest to speak of this week, but the green tomatoes that I picked last week have surprised me and by today, most of them have turned red and have been used in salads and sandwiches! There are still a few green ones left, but I'm really hoping they turn red as well. Tomatoes from the garden in December is a real treat! I still haven't picked the buttercrunch lettuce, but I have been busy. I pulled the remaining tomato plants then cleaned and stored the homemade cages, and then I tilled the area thoroughly to prepare it for my next planting.
This is where I am going to plant three rows of collards that I just bought, and one row of Swiss chard that I currently have growing in a container. Squirrels keep digging in the container and I'm sure that's affecting the growth of the plants. If there isn't enough Swiss chard to fill a row, I'll finish it up with some additional buttercrunch lettuce plants that I bought.
The broccoli is growing very well. The plants are very healthy but I don't see any broccoli florets yet. With plants looking as good as these appear to be, I wouldn't think it would be too long before the florets begin showing up. You can see by the weeds growing up that it's time to run my Mantis mini-tiller through the garden again. The great thing about that is that I planted both plots in a checkerboard pattern, so I can go criss-cross down the rows and between the plants. Everything except my lettuce is planted 18 inches apart so I can "weed" with the Mantis. If it wasn't for my brother Joe, I'd probably still be in the thinking stage about buying the Mantis. Thanks Joe!
That concludes the garden status for this week's post. I sincerely thank each visitor and also comments that are shared with me. I appreciate all of you for taking your valuable time to see how my garden is progressing during this time of year.
Have a great vegetable gardening day!