You get this sense from the plants that they understand what it is that they are supposed to do. On this level you see the tomato vines not simply doubling in size each week, but reaching for greater purchase, doggedly stretching to hold some new part of the world around them and eager to brush this part of the cage and then that part of the surrounding fence.
They are never quite satisfied these plants. They pull against their roots, curse those of us who walk so freely, and then they spread by whatever means they can. I may not be able to walk, mister gardener, but I can grow in a way that your temporal sense can not detect.
Just the sort of attitude I’m looking for in my veggies.
The first portion of the season is just about over. Lettuce is bolting except for the extremely shaded oakleaf and bib. The spinach has a week or two left I would think. The peas, if not prolific, are in their prime but the heat is really building now. I’m hoping for a few more weeks.
The potatoes. My goodness. Big. Flowery. Constantly being squashed down by these whacky heavy rain showers we keep getting here in Connecticut.
The tomatoes. Yikes. Getting bigger by the second.
Pole beans are nearly in their full pole position. Bush beans are getting there and have started to flower just a bit. Onions and leeks doing well. Beets, perhaps a bit crowded, but so far okay. Cukes are kicking in and fence climbing. Peppers, nice except for one that seems to have fallen over. Chard still going and no end in site. Carrots, not great, but we’ll get a few bunches. Black radishes.. something diabolical happened there. Perhaps too crowded, but they pretty much shot up and flowered.
The bed that is mostly full of lettuce, spinach and chard with the pea trellis on the western end will soon be struck. I’ll replenish the soil and see about planting something else there either in the next couple of weeks or I’ll leave it for a later summer planting of peas or something like that.
The growth is very, very pleasing. We’ll see how things progress from here.