Right now the grapes, raspberries, peas, lettuce, carrots, beets, kale, basil, peppers and tomatoes are growing wonderfully. I am just beginning to harvest raspberries and there are a few pepper and tomato fruit beginning to grow. My bush beans are infested with black aphids and I have been trying to get rid of them with insecticidal soap with some success. I also planted some corn, bush bean and squash seeds in our corner garden bed. They have not sprouted yet but I have the garden bed protected by a hoop house to dissuade those pesky quail from wreaking havoc with their dirt baths and incessant snacking.
After being away from my garden for almost three weeks I was starting to feel a little nervous. A lot can happen to plants in three weeks and I was not sure what I would find on my return. When we did eventually return home early last week the very first thing I did was check on the garden. As I trudged through the knee high grass in my backyard and set my eyes on the jungle that was now my garden I felt both relieved and overwhelmed. While we were gone it rained and then got extremely hot so most plants were in desperate need of staking and thinning. I spent the next several days untangling and pruning tomatoes, pulling weeds and plants that had bolted. There is still plenty of work to do, but that is part of the joy of gardening.
Happy gardening everyone!