Growing like Lightning

It’s been a beastly hot weekend, and the week ahead looks to be the same. Luckily, there have been thunderstorms in the evening every other day or so, and today seems to prove no exception. The plants are getting the water they need, and when it doesn’t rain, there’s always the hose! In the meantime, things are looking beautiful. I’m most excited by the flowers, which are popping up quickly, and are just gorgeous.

We’ve got marigolds, which are a bit hidden in this photo, and the zinnias must have come up overnight, because last time I came out they were not there yet! There’s another bed of zinnias and nasturtium, which is so very close to blossoming, but isn’t quite there yet.

Nasturtium flowers are edible! If you like spicy things that is. They have quite a surprising bite.

The snap peas are coming to the end of their run. It’s been neat to watch them go through their cycle, from thin edible pods to very fibery pods full of big peas. I went through tonight and got most of the last of them, and there was quite a load left!

The garlic is also ripe, if that’s the right word. It’s ready to be pulled up at any rate, and the bulbs are nice and big. It smells quite pungent once removed from the soil, I can see why vampires aren’t big fans of garlic. It’s delicious in a dish though! We have a sunflower plant. It’s huge, though it looks to grow even bigger, and there’s no flower yet. It’s definitely at least 6 and a half feet tall already.

The tomato plants are sprouting up, and some already have tiny green tomatoes on them, though they won’t be ripe for a fair while yet. In the meantime, there are some cute yellow flowers instead.

Oh and we have our first okra harvest

Next post, look for flowers, carrots, and cucumbers! See you soon, and stay cool!

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Growth Spurt!

After all the rain about a week ago, and all the nice sun we’re getting this week, everything is growing fast! In fact, we’re beginning to wonder what to do with all the produce, especially the herbs. The mint in the herb garden (all three varieties) is prospering greatly.

Mint!

In fact, the only thing that has stayed about the same size is the garlic. It’s very funny to me, it was gigantic about two months ago when it first appeared, and has maintained its size with the dedication of supermodel. Thing is, everything else has grown, so the garlic is beginning to look modest. This bed of tomatoes and basil for example dwarfs it!

Basil and Tomato

What’s exciting me the most are the snap peas and the carrots, both of which are entering harvesting stage, and are beautiful. Check these beauties out!

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Aren’t they beautiful??? And tasty too, I’ll warrant. IMG_1871 DSCN4054

Can you count how many snap peas are visible in this picture? Neither can I, haha.

Finally, an omen of what is to come: our first tomato. Yes, already.

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Now THAT is exciting. Next up, surviving the heat ahead. Today was up in the 90s, and tomorrow is forecasted for more of the same, though perhaps with a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Fingers crossed, so long as it brings rain as well as noise. Have a great day!

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Kicking off the Summer in the Hereford Garden!

Welcome to the new Hereford Gardens blogspot! I’m so excited to share all the news from the garden this summer, and it’s going to be busier than ever. It’s been raining for the past three days, and while that makes it much harder than usual to motivate myself to visit the garden, it means everything will be growing like mad! Stay tuned for tomatoes, squash, cucumber, peas, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and did I mention tomatoes?

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures!

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The garden at sunset!

Snap Peas

Snap peas! I can personally attest that they are goood, though it might be a good idea to hold off on munching more until they’re a bit more ripe, haha.

Tiny Tomatoes!

Look!! We’ve got some teeny tomatoes already!

Garlic. Lots of garlic.

And here is the stalwart garlic. To the left is a bed of purple basil (that is not it’s fancy name, I’ll figure that out and let you know when I do), cilantro, and parsley. Yum…

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Blackberries! When they actually turn black, they’re going to be delicious. Right now they’re probably tarter than the Queen of Hearts.

Our Beautiful Garden

Featured above are the beautiful carrots! Yup, it’s going to be a great summer. Stay tuned for more updates from the garden!!

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