Monday, June 24, 2013

How will my garden grow?

Summer is under way, but summer temperatures still elude us. We've had some nice days, but the rule has been cool, overcast, and wet. On the plus side, I haven't had to do much watering in the vegetable garden. But the seedlings need some sun and warmth now.

Callie inspects the plot of winter squash seedlings. Actually, I think she's munching on grass.

They are growing, albeit slowly. I can see the progress. I just know it would go a little better with sunshine. If I remember correctly, we had a late start last year with the same kind of weather. The squash plants didn't produce much, but we had a decent tomato crop in the end.

And speaking of tomatoes, there are dozens of "volunteers" popping up out there, no doubt from seeds that either ended up in the compost or from "dropped" fruit during the growing season. I'll wager most are cherry tomatoes because there were so many of them last year. I guess I should let some of them grow to maturity to see.


  1. Okay, I know animals eat grass. I've even seen cats do it. Do they know something we don't know?

  2. Back here in Derbyshire, it's cool, grey and windy, more like you would expect in March or even early October. (Except that March was terrible this year, with lots of snow.) The plants in our garden are weeks behind how they were in the Loire last week. There are hardly any roses yet. I can't help thinking that if we don't get some sun soon, it will be too late.

    BTW, Lulu eats grass when she has an upset tummy.

  3. Jean is correct Starman - our cats/dogs would eat grass to bring up whatever was ailing their tummy.

  4. Summer is full blast here in southern Delaware Walt. We also have some "volunteer" tomato plants. One is growing like the beanstalk in "Jack and the Beanstalk" out of the compost pile. Should be interesting to see what kind of tomato plant that is.

  5. I love the surprise of finding out what the tomato volunteers produce. Only one in many years was a nasty-tasting dud.

  6. Gracious! You had that bad tomato year a few years back, too, when it was cold and rainy all summer. I hope things change for you! Last year, we had lovely temps in June, and then that horrendous drought and heatwave (temps over 100°F most days), and that was drastically different than what it had been in June. Maybe you'll have a sudden change, too. Fingers crossed.

  7. With silver bells and cockleshells, and pretty maids all in a row.

  8. Re your previous post
    I would DIE for that clean a cooker

  9. Yes, John, Agreed!
    Yes, Susie, I was thinking the same thing!
    Yes, Leon, if my cat gets out the grass (read, weeds!) is the first thing he goes for!
    Walt, I'm amazed Callie or Bert don't dig in your garden - or do they?


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