I think I'm in need of fertilizer. I added some of the organic kind, hoping it will boost some of my plants, many of which seem to be suffering as badly as I am in this heat.
The good news is that I finally have bell peppers coming in - two tiny buds and one medium-sized one are making an appearance. There is also evidence of two pickling cucumbers and the start of green beans. I've also continued to have a steady supply of lettuce, green onions, thyme, oregano and basil. Plus, I just harvested a bunch of carrots -- many are tiny, so I've just planted less of them to give them more space.
(small harvest of carrots - soon to be integrated into vegetable stock)
Not all my plants are doing so well, though. One of the tomato plants looks like it's barely making it, the leaves are curling and no flowers have appeared. My other two tomato plants are also struggling, though they're producing flowers at least. But their leaves are dying at a rapid rate. The cilantro looks terrible, and I had to get rid of 75% of it because it was dying in the heat. The parsley also seems to be stunted, but hopefully the fertilizer will give it some life.
(we have fruit - but it's small and scarred. Tastes good, though! That's one of my compost bins in the back.)
(These tomato plant's leaves look terrible)
(What's left of my cilantro, which is quickly going to seed)
I also started some late summer/fall crops, including spinach, chives, and kale. Keeping my fingers crossed!
(kale, spinach, and chive seedlings)
Next year, I will hopefully have a decent amount of compost to use as additional fertilizer. My worm bin seems to be thriving, and I noticed that my small outside compost bin is progressing beautifully. I bought 2 more 5-gallon buckets so I can start additional composting. Hopefully they'll be ok over the winter months. Is it ok to leave compost bins outside once winter hits?