It's finally started to feel like a true Indiana summer this week with high temps and daily thunderstorms.
I harvested my first tomatoes last week (yellow perfection and russian red) and first summer squash last night - along with the last of the broccoli. I have a sinking feeling the heirloom tomatoes have blight, I need to make a baking soda solution to spray them down. There are bean plants in various stages of growth all over the yard, which is a bit funny considering my (mild) legume allergy. Scarlet runner beans are finally starting to climb up both sides of the arch trellis - in pots on one side and in the raised bed along the back. The purple pole beans climbing the bamboo trellises are 8 feet tall, I've had to weave the vines back down into the teepees. I've never grown royalty purple pod bush beans before and I'm delighted by the tiny purple blossoms. The mix of blue lake, kentucky wonder, and purple pole beans growing along the garage have finally started climbing up the string trellis. And I discovered that the barren patch in my lima bean bed can be blamed on the neighbor's cat: it was asleep in there yesterday. Top of the to-do list: fence in that raised bed. I also need to clear some space in the strawberry row tunnel (made of chicken wire), I'm hoping to guide the jarrahdale pumpkin vines into that tunnel to keep the squirrels away. My cauliflower experiment was a dismal failure so those plants need to come out this weekend to make room for a fall broccoli crop.
Hope your week is going well, I'll be back tomorrow with a finished dress!