Our garden is coming along very well in it's vegetable and berry growth. The raspberry canes are loaded with berries in various stages of maturity. I anticipate a much better raspberry harvest than the one we had last year, although it wasn't bad. The blueberries have almost all turned from green to a reddish blue hue. It's time to get the bird netting in place in order to protect the berries.
We picked another three tomatoberries this week. Soon there will be more since many of the small tomatoes are already greenish orange and will soon be red.
We picked our first sweet banana peppers this week. These three weighed two and a quarter ounces.
Now we come to one of my favorites, the Fortex green beans. This was the first picking for this year and we were fortunate enough to get five pounds of them! We'll cook some of these and also make some pickled dilly beans.
This week I'll be planting some bouregard sweet potatoes as an experiment. Currently I have them suspended in jars of water so the slips will grow, but they aren't doing as well as I had hoped. While there is no dramatic growth of the slips, seven of the eight potato halves have wonderfully healthy roots growing into the water. The one that isn't doing well is in the one jar that when I was changing the water using bottled spring water, I ran out, so I used tap water in that last jar. Now that potato is very soft and appears to be rotting. I also noted that the water in all the other jars is crystal clear, and the bad jar's water is so murky that you cannot see through it at all. Kind of makes you wonder about the tap water. Anyway, I'm going to plant the seven good halves of sweet potato right into the garden soil, and not just the slips alone. We'll see how they do.
As I walk through the garden, I can see what appears to be dozens and dozens of beautiful rich green tomatoes. However, in with these beautiful plants are four or five that are having some problems. Surprisingly, three of those plants are Celebrities. I chose Celebrity because of their disease resistance. Three plants being stricken by disease isn't a good ratio seeing that I only have fourteen of the Celebrity variety. I don't know that I'll select that as one of my favorites for next year's planting.
The miniature yellow pear tomato plants in the half-barrel are loaded with blossoms. I can hardly wait until we can start picking those tasty treats!
That takes care of this week's gardening information from our back yard organic vegetable garden.
I hope everyone is doing well with their gardens!
Have a great vegetable gardening day!