We went out of town for the weekend, and came home to incredible growth. Lots of heat, lots of rain – and lots of weeds.

Tomato and Herbs

So far, my tomato spirals are working well! I’ve had to tie a couple of plants to the stakes, and every week or so I pull new growth on the plants through the spirals. We had some strong winds come through over the weekend and last night, and so far they’re holding on well. They aren’t loaded with heavy fruit yet, so in a month or so we’ll know for sure how well the plastic spirals hold up. They are much more compact than the metal cages, and I really like them!

In the picture above, you can see a yellow pear tomato in the spiral on the right; lavender, thyme, butterfly weed, rosemary and chives planted to the left of the tomato. Behind, cole crops and sunflowers.

Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower

Speaking of cole crops – they take up about 1/3 of my garden.

Sweet Corn

The sweet corn is already knee-high. I have yard-long beans planted to grow up the PVC teepee, but they are growing slowly. We have a rabbit that enjoys them too, so that doesn’t help much.

The garden, June 18th

Above: Carrots and peppers in the front, dill going to seed, another tomato spiral, and sunflowers…everywhere.

It’s going to be a hot, stormy week – keep cool!

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