After much toil and tribulation (and having to start half my garden over due to using too much seed starter), things are finally thriving again. I had to take out several herb plants, but I was able to save the Immortal plants and the sweet basil, and the rest just gave me opportunity for a fresh start.
We now have pea vines and garden beans climbing up homemade dowel cluster trellises and looking MUCH healthier than their free-standing predecessors. There’s a similar trellis around the store-bought cherry tomato plant, but it’s most to keep it from leaning. Once fruiting starts in earnest, I’ll be inverting the trellises and adding wooden hoops for stability.
Trying my hand at cucumbers for the first time. They’re miniatures, but it should prove interesting. I’ll have to make a trellis for them at some point too.
The pepper have had a time of it. The cats ate the jalapeno sprouts and overturned the red chili pot, but I was able to save the seedlings from the latter. The other, I had to replant, but it’s all good.
The catnip was a casualty of the Great Wilting, and has been resown. The catgrass seeds I put in are doing surprisingly well! They need to be resown every other week for best results, and after the next picking, I’m probably going to dump the container and put in fresh soil.
I planted baby spinach in the old pepper pot, which gives it a lot more room to grow and allows me to plant in staggered rows. I’m hoping for a good yield, perhaps enough to throw in with the basil for a nice homemade pesto. The large-leaf variety still refuses to grow very much, but I’m babying it as best I can. If I have to start that over, then I will.
This summer’s garden is a pretty significant change for me, as past years have seen me work largely with herbs for medicine or witchcraft. The current setup is focused largely on produce and edibles, both in an effort to reduce grocery bills and to practice the homesteading that I hope to one day apply to a much larger outdoor garden.
Hope you’re all enjoying the summer so far. How are your gardens doing?