May garden update: tomatoes, jalapenos, and herbs ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

22 May 2013

May garden update: tomatoes, jalapenos, and herbs

basil plant

For once I feel like I have a jump on the garden for the year. Usually I am frantically trying to remember to go get some tomato starts right about now. This year I planted my heirloom seedlings nearly a month ago. Hooray for me! Head pats all around.

I got two kinds of tomato: Boxcar Willie and Caspian Pink. Evidently Caspian Pink is supposed to do well in the partial shade, which is what we have, but Boxcar Willie is the one actually setting fruit so far. Go figure. They're both a respectable size, so I feel pretty good about them.

caspian pink tomato plant

I also grabbed a jalapeno seedling, which you can see in the background on the right. It's maybe 1/3 as tall as the tomatoes, but that makes sense--jalapenos are hot-weather plants, and we haven't yet fallen into the real hot weather of summer for more than a day or two. There have been a few flowers, but not too many yet. We'll wait for the outburst of July.

The herbs are doing well. This guy is my delightful oregano plant, which has been super excited to be out in the yard for the entire winter. It's about a foot and a half in diameter, which is pretty gigantic. I suspect bolting, which is ok, considering how long it's been in the ground. Herbs!

oregano plant

I've never put basil in our actual garden bed (mostly because it's always been way too full of tomato vines to cram much else in), but this year I did. Is two plants enough? Who can say in this brave new day and age? They seem to be doing well so far, in any case.

And of course the plum tree is full of baby plums, and the pineapple guava tree is covered in flowers, and the backyard is regularly full of clouds of rampaging birds and bees and squirrels and even neighborhood cats.

Hooray, garden! I'm so excited to see how many tomatoes I get this year.

What are you planting in your gardens?


Michelle said...

Looks great!

I am much more of a "watch what my friends grow" kind of gardner. I live vicariously. I can't handle the responsibility!

Catherine said...

Our season has been SLOW this year. We had a couple of May snowstorms! Our peas are in, though, and I re-sowed the carrots and collards yesterday. And set the chard! So far, only the radishes and arugula seem to be doing much.

Stacy G. said...

I have almost 10 heirloom tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers, eggplant, and peppers in our 3 raised beds. I feel like our pollination is going badly, despite doing everything I can think of to attract more bees. Sigh! Not really wanting to keep bees in our small yard but wishing a neighbor would, for sure!

Eileen said...

May snowstorms--yikes! But other than that, your gardens sound delightful. I wish we had more beds so I could plant some of the same veg!

Caz said...

What a wonderful garden. I am jealous of all your lovely produce. Baby plums especially! I rent so my garden isn't my own to play with but we do have a few things in pots, mainly herbs. The weather in the UK has been pretty awful this spring so we've not had much chance to get out in the garden but I'm hoping that will change soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

Joanne said...

I can't wait to see and hear how everything turns out!! I love living vicariously through those who have enough space to have a garden!

Marissa | Pinch and Swirl said...

Very nice! Up here in Bend, herbs and flowers are the only things I've had any luck with. Jealous of those tomatoes!

Anonymous said...

Your oregano is gorgeous! My herb garden is struggling, but my veggie garden just TOOK OFF this week--especially the zukes, I think the plants tripled in size.