The garden is looking a little bare with the pea vines gone.

picture of all the garden beds

Hopefully, the empty trellises will soon be home to green beans, cucumbers, and watermelons. Seeds are going into the ground any day now. I was planning to have them in by now, but the last few days have been busier than expected.

The tomatoes are doing really well, and they've all got tomatoes for me to obsessively watch until I get to eat them.

garden bed with tomatoes growing

The Stupice tomato plant is the one closest to the camera, with that pretty, little, red tomato on it. I've been waiting to eat that tomato since the beginning of April. But, it was not meant to be...

tomato eaten by bird

A bird ate my first tomato! Ugh! I didn't lose even one tomato to birds last year. So, it looks like some netting or other bird deterrents are going to be needed now. There were only two tomatoes on the truss, so I decided to pick the other one before it fully ripened. It looked like it may have been molested by a bird, but the damage was minimal, and I enjoyed the other half.

My cherry tomatoes are faring well, and seem to have gone unnoticed by the wildlife, so far. I've got them both on one side of our little arbor. We potted up the Aunt Ruby's German Green a while ago, and finally decided where it would live for the summer. I liked the looks of this tomato cage that we saw at Lowe's and decided to try it with the ARGG. To give it some extra support, since it's in the fairly loose soil in the grow bag, two of the vertical poles are tied to the fence posts. I'll keep it pruned to two or three main stems, so hopefully the support will be enough for it. I like that the horizontal bars can move up and down where they may be needed for the best support. I guess we'll just have to see how well it actually works.

tomatoes growing in bags, two on an arbor, and one against a fence using a cage

And, I'm happy to report that I've eaten three lovely Sungold cherry tomatoes! They're as tasty as they are pretty.

Ripe Sungold cherry tomato

They certainly are named appropriately, with that sunny yellow-orange color. I can't wait until the Gardener's Delight that's growing beside it starts making pretty little red tomatoes. They should look really good together.

I've also harvested some pepperoncini peppers. I've taken most of them off the plant, so it can focus on making more flowers and more peppers.

pepperoncini plant full of peppers

We have harvested two cauliflowers. The picture below shows the second one we picked, along with some of our broccoli.

A bowl with harvested cauliflower and broccoli

We love our broccoli! I think we'll continue to grow the broccoli every season. There's a real difference between the fresh broccoli and grocery-store broccoli, but I didn't really notice a difference in the cauliflower. I also love that the broccoli keeps producing and producing. Cauliflower might show up in the garden again, but it's not high on the list. It would be fun to grow some of the colored cauliflowers, though. In other brassica news, I think I spotted a small cabbage head beginning to take shape.

I finally gave up on the green beans I planted about a month and a half ago. They just weren't doing well. I knew I planted them a bit early. One plant had a full-size bean on it this weekend. It was time to give up on them. More bush beans, and different varieties of beans, will be succession planted through the summer. I'm on a search for my favorite green bean or mix of beans. Last year, I fell in love with Festina bush beans, so I think they'll be going in soon.

I'm still having an issue with several of my plants in two of my beds looking jaundiced. I watered all the beds a few days ago with some water I steeped with worm castings (from my worm farm!), to try and give everything a little nutritional boost. They're growing, if a little sluggish, so I hope I can get them to green up and look a little perkier. In the bed with my tomatoes and peppers, the tomatoes look great, but the peppers all have yellowish leaves. I read that can happen when the temperatures are too low, so now that it's more consistently warm, maybe that will help them perk up. Some of them are trying to make peppers, but I think I'm going to take them off so they can put more energy in plant growth right now.

Another interesting thing that I've noticed is how vigorous the seeds planted in my growing bags are in comparison to the same seeds that I planted in the garden beds. I put marigold seeds in one of the grow bags a couple of weeks after I planted them in the garden. The marigold plants in the grow bag are more than twice the size of most of the marigolds in the garden beds already, and they look really healthy. I mixed a good amount of worm castings, purchased from Earthworms 4 Sale when I got my worms, into the potting soil I put in the grow bags, and I think that must be why the marigolds and other plants are so happy. I don't have enough castings to mix into the garden yet, so I think I'm going to buy some castings to bridge the gap until my own castings are ready.