18 July 2010

Signs of plant life: garden update

Well, my potatoes were a bust. Not a single one came out, even though the leaves were initially lush before flowering and wilting (a sign that potatoes are ready to harvest). Maybe next year. I found a You Tube video that shows a successful five-gallon-container potato harvest, and I'm going to try to replicate it.

My first tomato plant is steadily producing fruit, though almost all of the skins are splitting. I've read that happens when they are watered too much too quickly, thus causing the skin to expand too rapidly. I've been watering fairly regularly and evenly, so I'm not sure where I'm messing up. The leaves also look terrible - they're mostly yellow-brown and withered. Still, the tomatoes are delicious and the fruit seems relatively healthy - I've simply been slicing off the split parts.

This year's intense heat has not been kind to my radishes or lettuce--many have bolted--but I'm still getting some crops, which is a relief.

So, I made a delicious salad with lettuce, radishes, and tomatoes from the garden, some store-bought fresh mozzarella, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Yum!

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