Yes, I know I showed pictures of our garden in the first month and am now skipping on to month 3. We were out of town for most of July and I just didn’t get any pictures. Our garden looked so different when we returned! This is my first time trying to maintain such large garden boxes and there is a bit of trial and error going on, some plants looked great upon our return and some were barely hanging on. I love living in Southern California, but is gets incredibly hot during the summer months and a few plants just couldn’t take the heat.
Let’s start with the plants that are looking good! I’m including a picture of our tiny apple tree as well because it is currently covered in blossoms! We put this tree in because we had a big open spot in our yard and I am a sucker for fruit trees. I probably should have done some research before plunking it in the ground, but so far it is looking great. I am so excited at the prospect of fresh apples this fall! Here is one of the many blossoms.
Our strawberry plants are also looking great. I was so scared that they would burn out when we were out of town, but we came home to many perfectly ripe strawberries! Our pine/hula berries haven’t given us a single berry this summer. All the plants have nice green leaves and look healthy enough, I’m trying very hard to be patient with these plants!
The cucumber plants also did great in the heat while we were away. There are tons of yellow blossoms on the vines, so I’m sure we will be seeing cucumbers very soon! I picked up pickling cucumbers by mistake this year, so if we have a good crop it looks like I will also be learning how to make pickles!
Not surprisingly our tomato plants did really well in the heat when we were out of town. Each plant easily doubled in size and they have many tomatoes that are just waiting to ripen. So far, the tomato plants have been the easiest to maintain and the fastest growing. I think next summer we will be planting more tomatoes!
Sadly, not all of our plants did this well. The cilantro and dill have basically disappeared. I’m not sure if it got too warm for them or if a hungry insect ate them all up. Our poor pepper plants were all eaten pretty badly by a family of caterpillars. While it is nice to see butterflies fluttering around the yard, I’m not sure if our pepper plants will be able to rebound this summer.
We got a really late start to our garden this year, so I’m hoping that we will be harvesting good food through the fall. I didn’t really plan our garden out well this year, I pretty much just grabbed whatever plants were on sale at Home Depot and plopped them in the ground. I’m already thinking ahead to next year and I will definitely be mixing it up so we can maximize the small space that we have!