The Summer Garden
The gardens at the 2nd Street Chicken Ranch are in full bloom and happily abuzz. The perennial garden is blazing with the fiery golds, purples and whites of the echinacea, rudbeckia, yarrow, and gooseneck loosestrife.
It’s been three years since I first planted the “invasive” gooseneck loosestrife, and no surprise, the “flock” is growing bigger and stronger each year. If (or when) they start to take over the garden, I’ll just dig out a few clumps and replant them somewhere else. They are beautiful as cut flowers and they make me smile each time I see the “goose necks” gently bobbing and swaying in the summer breeze.
Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes!
The veggie garden, specifically the tomatoes, are also bursting out of the raised beds. I’m almost ashamed to say that I have broken my own record for the number of tomato plants in the ground… 49 (okay, six are in pots)!
I grow at least one tomato plant of every variety that I sell (that’s 25), and of course I plant two or three “extras” of my favorites (the remaining 24). All the plants are heavy with green tomatoes — large and small. I’ve already had the pleasure of picking a couple of cherry tomatoes; a few Black Cherry and a couple Sun Golds (red Sun Golds… from my “experiment” of saving hybrid seeds). The prolific Principe Borghese (an Italian heirloom used for sun-dried tomatoes), is also starting to ripen. These are just a prelude of what’s to come.
The “big-gun” heirlooms, the Striped Barred Boar, Pruden’s Purple, Coeur di Bue, and Cherokee Purple, are loaded with large green toms. July’s extended heatwave of 90+ degree days have been a boon to these jumbo-tomato producing plants. I’m delighted to see so many large heirlooms this year. With August’s hot weather continuing, full-on ripening should occur within the next two weeks. Bring it on!
Here are a few other goodies growing in the garden…
How’s your garden growing? Let me know in the comments below!