Happy Summer! We’ve had phenomenal weather over the last few weeks and my garden has totally exploded. My tomatoes, tomatillos and peppers are all flowering, the beans are finally starting to grow up their lattice and we’ve been eating lettuce greens for weeks! I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.

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I’ve had some unique challenges this spring that I’m happy to leave behind (looking at you, endless rain). My tomatillos are not doing very well, I think they are probably too delicate to be grown in such a windy environment, but that’s for another post. Everything else is doing well so far so fingers crossed! Here is a photo update of everything growing, to celebrate the first day of summer.

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My little cherry tomato bush has grown lots. The tomatillos have also grown a lot but they’re quite ragged and damaged from all the wind.
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The carrots and lettuce are doing very well. I continually prune all the lettuce plants growing so that we can have fresh salad several times a week.
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The roma and cherry tomatoes are doing great! Lots of flowers and little tomatoes growing. The pepper plant on the right has grown a lot and has lots of flowers but no sign of peppers yet.
Sun sugar cherry tomatoes.
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Flowers flowers flowers! These boxes are pretty packed with a mix of zinnias, alyssum, wildflowers, lavender and even a little catnip for our kitties.
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The biggest zinnia getting ready to bloom.
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First blooming wildflower and some alyssum blooming as well.
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Beans! My big experiment this summer. We’ll see how these do in the wind.

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I am overall really happy with the progress of the garden so far, apart from some issues. The experimental tomatillos and beans will be written about in more detail soon as I want to discuss some of the unique challenges with growing these two in a windy space (and whether or not it’s a good idea). Hope that the weather is treating you right and your garden is growing well!