Summer Gardening--June Update

Gardening generalities

Wow the time has just sailed right from spring into summer weather. Here in Florida we start to get an afternoon rain pattern and I am hoping to use that to help me with watering the garden. Afternoon showers are usually short and can be intense. Great for gardening, farming and the Florida Aquifer...let it rain! The tomatoes, radishes, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, strawberries, marigolds and peppers are certainly enjoying the full sun. Using a solution of wash soap and water (very dilute) has helped to control the bugs...once a week is all it takes. The soil from the compost pile is the only "fertilizer" I am using and it seems to be working.

Seeds vs Seedlings

Beans and Zucchini (newly germinated) foreground...radishes in the back doing great
Beans and Zucchini (newly germinated) foreground...radishes in the back doing great
Close up of Radishes...looking good
Close up of Radishes...looking good
Loads of tomatoes...exciting
Loads of tomatoes...exciting
Green bell peppers in bloom
Green bell peppers in bloom

Seeds vs Seedlings

I continue to compare my success with vegetables from seeds...radishes, beans, zucchini, and cucumbers have germinated and are growing great. Lettuce seeds are not liking the soil I guess since I have tried twice to germinate without any luck. My herbs are struggling as well. The dill grew well to start out, but it has not progressed as well as I thought it would. The basil never germinated and I am considering getting a couple of seedlings...I love to cook with basil.

I seem to be having more success with seedlings. The new marigold and pepper plants are thriving and producing plenty of flowers. My original green bell peppers and tomatoes are producing loads of flowers and "fruit". The tomatoes are still green but they are getting larger each day. I am seeing the beginnings of bell peppers beginning to form.

The only produce I have been able to harvest from my garden so far has been radishes, but I still expect to be able to make an awesome salsa by mid summer!

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