It seems that my garden is finally getting into gear. I was looking into magic wands and considering enlisting garden fairies to get out there and do something, but things are taking a turn for the better.
I noticed that some veggies are really trying to grow. For example, five cabbages actually germinated (in a 30 foot row). A nice row of pickling cukes came up. Late peas are looking good too. My transplanted eggplants have survived, and a few pole beans are looking courageous in this heat. The summer and winter squashes are improving, and some of my regular cucumbers might survive.
Happy Eggplant w/ Gladiolus in Back
To reward these hardy souls, I gently loosened up the soil around each plant and made a little “well” to trap more water. I weeded and then fertilized each plant with a liquid Miracle-Gro solution.
I need a miracle! Use of this chemical product is a compromise…a little extra shot of something to get them through the drought. I swear I heard the plants gurgling, gulping then exclaiming “ahhhh” as I doused them with their toddy.
Also, I tied up the peas and cleaned up around them before they got their toddy.
Feeling the love, I decided to transplant out the few last plant that I have been nurturing (first under lights, then outside in their pots). I put out the last of my peppers/ tomatoes, and all of my ground cherries, giant gooseberries, and tomatillos. They got a little well and a Miracle-Gro shot too.
Still feeling optimistic, I replanted some beans among the few that already came up. If they don’t make it…that is it for beans this year as I am out of seed.
Time for MY cool summer drink….I am thinking Mike’s Hard Lemonade!