Friday, July 16, 2010

The season is progressing ..... starting to notice leaf issues, etc. I purchased a moisture meter and tried it out yesterday in the garden. A great little tool, no batteries required and under $10.

Two of my containers registered on the wet side, so I did not water. Three others were given a tablespoon of epsom salts to help with greening the leaves and watered. With this hot weather we've been having of late (mid 20's C - hot for here) I'm still trying to get my watering routine down.

Anyhoo, pics of a few more fruit sets - Brandywine and Grub's Mystery Green, and I couldn't resist - started some dwarf sunflowers a few weeks back and they have now been transplanted - what better way to celebrate summer than by growing tomatoes and sunflowers.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Fruit Set

After a cool wet spring, summer has arrived overnight!! Near record breaking temperatures the last few days - 27 C (81 F) yesterday - for the coast that is hot ......

The container tomatoes will require daily monitoring for moisture with this weather. I try to visit the garden early in the a.m. to ensure my containers have enough water to get through this heat spell . There is no water on site - so it takes a bit of time and effort to get everything adequately watered. Here they are - looking good yesterday. We even finally have some fruit set - the above pic is Sylvan Gaume, a large red heart - first of the container plants to set - and they look like they are going to be big ones!!