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Weeds growing faster than veggies

20130618-192231.jpg(Photo above: Everything is coming up OK in the garden, especially the weeds.)

As usual, the garden’s in and the weeds have taken over. The tomatoes, mostly transplanted from my basement greenhouse, are doing OK, but they’re not growing very tall. I’ve heard the same thing from friends, too, though, who bought theirs at local greenhouses. I think it’s just that we haven’t had consistent warm weather. Even tonight’s forecast calls for low of 45. I mean, it’s June 18, you know? Most, if not all, have flowers, so now I’m just waiting for fruit!

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July 5-6: Super summer heat great for (most of) garden

I think I’m one of the few people who has actually enjoyed the extreme heat we’ve been having. Yes, I sweat like a pig and get tired much more easily when working in the garden.

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But how can a gardener not like weather that enables fruit and veggies to go wild?

Thankfully, I’ve been able to water when needed, so for the most part, nothing is hurting from the lack of rain.

The peas seem to be hardest hit by the hot temps, at least the early rows I planted, which are somewhat brown despite getting enough moisture.

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July has to mean better things for my garden

I realized during the past week that I need a New Year’s resolution of sorts for July. It’s time I pay better attention to my garden. That is, of course, if I want anything to come of it this summer.

The weeds I wrote about almost two weeks ago were the least of my problems. While I was watching soccer and basketball games during the month of June, I also was neglecting several other crops, which dearly paid the price. By the time I got around to caging the tomatoes, most were too big for the cages I had. The rain and wind (and a bit of hail) on June 18 had battered two of them pretty badly, leaving the stems of one split to the ground (photo at right). When I tried to cage a second one, I broke off at least 4 of the bigger branches — some which had lots of flowers.

As I moved from plant to plant, my heart pounded harder and harder. My first major mistake of the summer and it had to be with my favorite veggie — the biggest reason why I plant a garden. I couldn’t believe it – I wanted to cry. I eventually stopped trying to cage them for fear I would break off too many more branches.

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Beans, glorious beans

It never fails to amaze me what less than a week of 80-degree weather can do for a garden. It was the beans this week.

When I watered the garden last Saturday, very few beans peeked out of the ground.

20120608-213849.jpgBut voila, by early Sunday evening, little green shoots had popped out in full force, a couple inches it seemed. A little more water and heat, and they had another growth spurt. And so it went all week long. I know the cliche “growing up in front of my eyes” refers to how fast kids grow, but it also appropriately describes garden crops like my beans that literally grow inches overnight.

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