Gardening update in zone 7 Mississippi
I'm still gardening in zone 7 Mississippi though things have been very hot and very dry though there's a chance of some rain tonight, so I'm hopeful. Along with my first major gardening effort, I'm keeping a spreadsheet of what I've harvest to date. So far it's been fun. It's allowed me to see what's really doing well, so I can plan better next year. Grape tomatoes are doing better than anything else. I've harvested 204 of them. If only everything were doing as well. How most everything else is doing 6.23.09 Grrr-ape! These grape tomatoes are just going crazy. As of yesterday, I have collected 204 grape tomatoes total. If only everything I was growing produced at this level. 6.23.09 Not cantaloupe Still disappointed the cantaloupe turned out to be squash but it was a pretty squash. I've gotten three so far, but the most of the squash plants have mysteriously died. 6.23.09 They said it couldn't be done... Yes, Virginia, you can grow tomatoes in hanging baskets like that. Since this photo was taken, two have ripened and were very delicious. First ripe non grape tomatoes I've had. 7.6.09 Mmm mmm good First ichiban eggplant it was a whopper. I made a pasta dish with it and those tomatoes from the hanging basket (plus shrimp). One of my favorite meals to date. 7.9.09 Flowers and Beans and two flamingos 7.9.09 Watching over my flowers and beans and scaring the real bunnies away. 7.9.09 Beans! I'm cooked these for dinner. 7.9.09 A bit of pretty Flowers, bushes, and veggies were definitely the way to go. If this were going to be our forever home, I'd look into adding some trees. 7.9.09 Supertunias I'm hopeful to try to grow my own supertunias this winter. I've seen some neat varieties online and I'd love to just have these everywhere. 7.9.09 Pick 3 Ichiban eggplant, Jalapeños, and Okra 7.9.09 Sweet The sweet potatoes are actually starting to spread. I hope to have this box covered shortly. Just last week the ones I gave my mother mysteriously took over and went crazy. Maybe I'll be as lucky. 7.9.09 Okra progress Two okra on the deck 7.9.09 dinner this week I'm going to pick these three peppers and stuff them for dinner this week. Probably with rice, mushrooms, steak, cheese, and various veggies since that's what I have in the house. It's so nice being able to enhance or build meals around what I'm growing. Tomatoes Three tomatoes on this plant on the back deck. 7.9.09 Small white potatoes I love the look of this potato plant I'm growing from a potato I took from my mom's kitchen that was sprouting a few weeks ago. It's really tall and the leaves are gorgeous. I read that it should flower, so I'm pretty excited about that. It makes me wish I had rows of these guys. I'd grow them just to look at. Any collected potatoes will just be a plus. 7.9.09 Cindy The cukes and the tomatoes in Cindy have really taken off. 7.9.09 Trellis Beds Lots of tomatoes and some cukes starting to go but not like the cukes in Cindy. 7.9.09 Bound One of my favorite things: a cuke that grew next to a tomato has bound it to the trellis. Yay for not having to stake it! 7.9.09 Back Cukes are starting to show in the front and in the back of the trellis beds. Hung Tomatoes still growing 7.9.09 But not just Eggplants My cukes in the baskets have finally started to take off. 7.9.09 Going up And even if they don't produce, I must admit I love their vines. I hope they grow across the top of the clothesline and to the fences and sprawl like crazy. 7.9.09 I will play for gumbo So my squash have died back considerably, but not to be mourned much because it relieved some space (and nutrients) for all these okra. Sheena suggested I start looking up gumbo recipes. We'll of course has sausage and shrimp.