how does your garden grow

Could not let 08-08-08 pass by without posting something, so here’s a little LaLaLand garden update.

The brinjal/aubergine/eggplant has borne some beautiful fruit, of which this is one (the plant in its infancy). There are a couple of wee ones tucked away behind it, and a weird bendy one somewhere in the dense vegetation.

brinjal

The Thai dragon chilli plant is still doing well and over-producing chilies. I think it’s time to give some away instead of just freezing them. Unfortunately, we had to stop eating Thai chillies because P has discovered they result in a really nasty reaction.

Chillies

Two basil plants (Genovese and sweet) are growing like mad. I’m afraid they’ll bolt and we’ll lose them again, just like last year.

The beans I put in succumbed to mildew and died. 😦

Strawberries are slowly producing small fruit. I suspect I’m not watering the pots enough.

Herb-wise, I also now have some Italian parsley, English thyme and French thyme. The garlic chives are going crazy, possibly recovering from the constant sprinkling my neighbour’s dog was giving it in spring.

garlic chives

And tomatoes, oh my tomatoes! The roma plant that grew like crazy last year has peaked and died. The San Marenzo gave us a killer crop, which we had to perform an emergency harvest on. It is also now dying (must save with more nutrients). The cherry tomato plant cropped 2 cuties, one of which was gobbled by a passing bird (or something else). And there’s a new roma that’s doing ok, but also suffering from nutrient loss.

The critical thing to do this year is have a word with the landlord about the sprinklers. Water is being wasted on the sidewalk, and it makes me sad. I had a few countermeasures, but they keep getting moved or bumped away. I may build a small trellis around each sprinkler to keep the water in the soil. On the plus side, they only come on 3-4 times a week no, so less water is being wasted. Hurrah! (In fact, the reason I grew tomatoes at all was to try not to let all that sprinkler water go to waste growing weeds!)

wet dog

In all, the LaLa garden is doing well despite my lack of attention. Here’s to more happy harvests!

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