I was negligent in posting garden pictures last week.  I have some animal, I think an opossum or racoon, that likes to dig in my garden beds.  It seems to be going after beetle grubs that live in them.  Unfortunately, that means a lot of uprooted plants and seedlings.  Last Wednesday, it dug a lot.  There were a number of destroyed plants so I didn’t feel like taking pictures.

This last week, we have had typical beautiful San Diego weather. The May grey I spoke about last time has continued into June Gloom.  I am sure you will all feel very sorry for us.  It has been a bit overcast with temperatures in the low 70s.  Very gloomy I know.  It is ,however, perfect plant growing weather.

First I have tomato pictures because my mom really wants to have fresh tomatoes.  The second picture isn’t very good, but it is a Wagner Blue Green tomato.  I grew those last year, and they were a favorite for every one that ate them.  I think this is my only one that survived this year though.

Pay no attention to the weeds in the background.  All the extra rain this year has made the weeds go crazy.  I have cut them much more than I have had to for years, but they keep coming back.  In this garden bed is green beans, peppers, purple basil, and some flowers.  The crazy plant in the back is our New England Sugar Pie pumpkins.

The pumpkin plants are spreading all over the ground, and already have pumpkins growing.

This bed has more beans, Desi squash, patty pan squash, carrots, and some cauliflower plants that is still hanging out.

The Desi squash is a lot like zucchini, except they grow round rather then long.  They are at their best when they are about the size of a baseball.  We are starting to get a couple of Desi blossoms.

This week I picked 5 wax beans.  Mostly there are just blossoms on the bean plants though.

Last week, my 3 year old daughter and I picked out some flowers to plant.  She wanted to be like her 3 biggest brothers and have her own garden bed.  Her favorite color is purple, so there is a number of purple flowers in her bed.  She also went with some pink since that is also a nice color.

My 13 year old’s garden bed is going well.  He mostly has corn and each of the plants has some healthy looking ears on them.  His plants are pretty short though, so I am hoping that is just due to the type of corn.

My 10 year old’s bed is doing well.  He has been dug up multiple times, killing many of his plants.  Finally, it seems like his plants are getting ahead and growing well.  In particular his Madhu Ras melons are doing well.  They have blossoms on the plants right now.  He is really looking forward to eating the melons. I added some Swiss Chard to his bed to replace some of the plants that were dug up.  Between his chard and some others I plants, we will soon have chard coming out of our ears.

Everything in my 8 year old’s bed is growing well.  He is very excited about how tall his corn is.

The last pictures will just be some random ones from the beds.

I hope that all of your plants are growing well right now.

-Joshua

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  1. A_Boleyn

    Smiled at your little girl wanting to copy her big brothers by planting some flowers. Great looking squash flowers/baby squash. Have you ever considered tempura battering and frying the flowers in the Italian style? The blue green tomato is something I’ve never seen before. Neat.

    1. Joshua

      I have thought about it, but then I would get less squash. Such a tough conflict.

      1. A_Boleyn

        Maybe next year you can plant more squash just for the fried version. Stuffed with ricotta and parmesan cheese, I think

        1. Joshua

          That sounds really good

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