Sunday, May 27, 2012

This week in the garden

There's a big gap in the veggie garden where my zucchini was last week. Yep, I discovered what horrible little beasts the squash vine borers are. RIP dear zucchini. Such a promising start, but eggplant and tomatoes are going to have to take up the slack.
Watermelon vine is making a break for the front sidewalk.
Various trumpets
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Texas sage (cenizo) is blooming everywhere in Austin, but this one a few houses down is amazing!IMG_1559
First gumdrop, volunteer cherry, and yellow pear tomatoes got tasted this week. IMG_1551 IMG_4745
The cherry tomato wins on flavor so far! Here are a few more waiting to be picked. IMG_4715
The sprawling volunteer plant measures almost six feet across. Very glamorous!
First lemon cucumber, with some wicked looking black spikes. About egg-sized at the moment.
Volunteer carrots...really?!
The cosmos, zinnias, and sunflowers from seed just keep growing.
First buds are starting to show on the zinnias (I'm guessing the spots are sun scald)
Martha Gonzales isn't that big, but she's got blooms and new growth!
Bougainvillea just starting to show color
Late larkspur and a cosmos looking lovely in my sister's garden.


Roberta said...

Everything is beautiful! I envy your eggplant but not the borers. Last year my zucchini was obliterated by borers so this year I used BT spray on leaves, beneficial nematodes on soil surface, then made a tin foil apron for the base and mulched all around with straw. So far so good! I feel like I am fighting them mano a mano.

Emily said...

oh my gosh, eggplant already! i can understand getting ripe tomatoes now given where you live but eggplant still seems incredibly early. everything looks awesome :)

Amy Farrier said...

Thanks. Yeah, I know what you mean about the svb fight. Once I started reading about the combat methods, I wondered how anyone ever gets zucchini through the summer. But it sounds like you're fighting the good fight; good luck!

Amy Farrier said...

Emily, I don't know if it's early here for eggplant, but the first one ripened a couple of weeks ago. Maybe the japanese variety shows up first because it's smaller (and quite beautiful and tasty, in my opinion).

Cat said...

I've been pleased with the Martha Gonzales...she blooms in part shade for me which is a big plus in my book :) Recently, another was transplanted to a sunnier location and I have high hopes that it will be a statement plant in my butterfly bed by next spring. Your bounty looks great!