Anyone who grows knows that gardening teaches humility, among other lessons. A walk through the roof garden in June's final days reveals the good and bad, happy and sad.
I guess Erik himself isn't even certain
their extraordinary flowers
Peppers Santa Fe Grande
coming on strong
The bad: OK, maybe not bad, but frustrating. This is the Broccoli Romanesco, and wouldn't you be excited about growing it if it looked like this? But it doesn't. And we're about out of cool weather here in Chicago. I planted healthy starts on April 8 and this plant takes 75-100 days from transplant.
Your 75 days are about up, Mr Shrively
Walking through the garden, you can always find something to be thankful for, like Art with his drill securing another crossbar for the tomatoes. Plus, the prolific peapods in the background.
Uh-oh. In my book, this falls into the category of really bad. These gorgeous little San Marzano tomato babies have blossom end rot. The starts were transplanted on April 29 in the greenhouse (even with low nighttime temps they got a lovely start) and set out a month later. Maybe they used up the cup of Espoma lime we mixed into the soil?
dissolved in a gallon of water
On the other hand, these early Stupice tomatoes are ripening nicely, with lots more to come.
before I remembered the gardener's friend downstairs
The Kellogg's Breakfast tomatoes are coming right along too. With peak 80-90 days from transplant, we should be looking for ripe ones in a few weeks.
Saying goodbye: To the Indian Mustard (Wild Garden Pungent Mix), gone to bloom for the bees to explore. Despite the bounty to come, I'll miss our toss of heat-seeking greens.