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Summer is here and so is the heat.

My garden is winding down for the summer. I have been harvesting from my tomato plants for about three weeks now and it looks as if this will continue for a few more. Although I was very disappointed in the purple Cherokee again this year I got several tomatoes and the few that weren't too horribly split were tasty but I doubt I will try that one again. The zucchini has been wonderful. The herbs are doing great. Beans are gone. The water melon are well started. I have ears on my corn and look forward to harvesting in the next few weeks. There are still carrots and a few other little items. I have been concentrating on dirt and working on that before I plant anything for winter. So how is it going in your garden?

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Comment by Treasa on June 14, 2010 at 4:51am
This was my first year without a complete crop of split tomatoes. everything else did well except the cucumbers. Getting the water right is a challenge. If you are going to do a winter garden I find cabbages very easy. I am also starting some native lima beans that are tolerant of our alkaline soil.
Comment by Karen Kumar on June 13, 2010 at 9:04pm
This is our first garden in Phoenix. We have had a nice crop of tomatoes, but most were split. Getting the watering right is a challenge. We have great zuchinni and lettuce. I planted beets but they have been slow growing, probably due to water demands. But they are delicious. I have a great herb garden (chives, basil, thyme, parsley, oregano, fennel), too. We planted carrots, they grew like weeds (on top!!) and the roots were measly. I planted cucumbers months ago and one finally germinated and has a few blossoms now. Hope to do better next time.
Comment by Treasa on June 8, 2010 at 7:37pm
I had trouble with the straw bales when I did them as well. One of my winter visitor neighbors used them in
Pennsylvania although he used regular grass hay said his tomatoes were wonderful. he had never had bigger plants. He said he primed the bales first for a few weeks with Amonium Sulfate keeping them wet. When I did it it took alot of water and the plants grew at a snails pace
Comment by Treasa on June 8, 2010 at 7:33pm
I planted my melons by seed late late late and the largest plant is about 4 inches. Hope it starts growing faster soon. I am trying to plan for a continous harvest for the coming season. but first as some of the plants have had it i am taking care of the dirt first. Then I can start planting again
Comment by grrlscout on June 7, 2010 at 11:33am
I've been getting a tomato or two every day. The peppers are steady coming in too.

I think the potato tower was a flop. The plants are starting to die, without ever blooming. When I reached around in the straw, I couldn't feel any potatoes.

The Summer plants -- melons, sunflowers, cukes, beans, winter squash -- are taking their sweet time growing. The ones in the straw bale are looking pretty shabby. Tomatillos are about ready to go in the ground however.

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