What's Growing Now
If any of you out there reading this know me personally, you know that I love to garden. I’ve been at my current location here in East Nashville for almost 16 years now, so I’ve been slowly transforming my small city lot into a backyard garden of my dreams. It’s lots of hard work, and right now most of my beds are overrun with weeds, as well as being a bit dry due to the dry spell that’s been happening here in Nashville…but still there are some later summer beauties happening out there!
I planted Dahlia bulbs for the first time this spring, and have eagerly been watching them get higher and higher. The product listing at the time I purchased boasted 8” flowerheads….so we’ll see if that comes true! My new favorite gardening expert, Monty Don, says to pinch off the bits growing at the top to produce more flowers, so I’ve been doing that as they’re getting tall enough, etc. Anyhow, this week, there was finally a breakthrough on a few of the flowerheads! I’m so happy to have something new in the late summer to look at out there, when I’m normally getting really sick of everything, and ready to pull out annuals for the fall, etc.
I’ve also got tomatoes coming in like mad! I found a perfect patch of full sun soil this year for the seedlings I bought, and they’ve not been disappointing! I’ve already made 2-3 rounds of pasta sauce that’s in the freezer for the wintertime, plus loads more tomato themed recipes this summer. I only planted 1 grape tomato plant and 1 cherry tomato plant that’s fed 3 adults all summer with loads to spare!
I’m still hoping that my ranunculus bulbs will pop up like the product listing said they would, but I may have gotten ‘em in the ground a tiny bit too late. We’ll see!!
As far as dye flowers go, loads of marigolds are coming in, and I’ve been saving the ones that I deadhead for a special round of yellow later in the summer. Also, my calendula and weld are doing well so far in the yard, so I’m hoping they may give me a bit of color later on also! We started those from seed, so I’m happy that they’ve been seeming to do well! Plus, in the alleyway, I’ve got loamy soil that’s perfect for madder root, so my plants out there are loving it! I’ve not had to water them much, and they’ve been thriving still. Apparently they can become quite a ground cover, so I’m hoping that it’ll end up taking over those beds well on that side of my house, but I’m not sure my crabgrass will allow it.
Well, that’s all the garden news for now over here in Wooland. I hope that this Friday finds you happy and well, wherever you are in the world!