It is time for another garden update. I have some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news. Four of our six tomato plants are sick, and aphids may have finished off our watermelon plants. There, I’ve said it, and now the grieving process can begin. The good news is somewhat more plentiful. Our peas and beans are growing like gang busters. The lettuce, after a sickly start, has taken off. The spinach is delicious. My herbs are doing wonderfully; both the basil and the cilantro, which were initially not doing so well, seem to have taken hold and they are bushing out nicely. We already have more mint than we could possibly use. (Of course, mint is like zucchini; to plant it is to guarantee that you will have more than you can use.) The peppers are doing nicely. Our other two tomato plants are thriving. The carrots are finally making some headway and the nasturtiums look great. Our compost pile has already yielded several cubic feet of rich, black humus, which I dug into the bean beds. We have decided to give up on our onions and sunflowers (squirrels ate all the seeds), which means that we have one small, unused bed that we need to get planted quickly. Suggestions?
And on Wednesday as I was out running, I saw my first fire flies of the summer. Life is good (but hot) in Virginia.