Gardening Update: Mid-Summer

It has been over a month now since my last update. Quite a lot has happened in my little garden. Although it wasn’t very productive, it definitely has been a great experience. 
The tomatoes have gone from this…

to this.

I might have left them on the plant too long because they started getting brown spots (from the sun?) and one of them had tiny holes. Sure enough, I discovered little ants making themselves comfortable inside the ripe tomato. Little buggers! 

66% is a pretty decent rate of return on my tomato crop and it could certainly be much worse. However, my big dreams of endless pico de gallo, caprese salads, fresh salsa (and the list goes on) have been quickly shattered. In other words, I am thisclose to giving up on tomatoes next year! 

The strangest thing (to me) was how neither of the tomato plants kept blooming. Blooms = tomatoes. Mine had no new blooms…until I picked off all ripe ones. Go figure! I checked the plants about a week ago and lo and behold, there were new blooms!
Ok, in other non-tomato related news my mint is surviving. I made a bunch of drinks a few weekends in a row which used up a lot of mint so I decided it was time to give the plant a break.  Mint is precious these days at my house as this is my only plant for now. The other smaller one I had, I gave to my sister-in-law.


The lemongrass (below in foreground) is growing like a weed, which reminds me that I have to trim back some of the brown leaves. Although I’ve consumed many cups of tea in the past month, I still haven’t gotten around to making one with the lemongrass. Soon!
Surprisingly, the oregano hasn’t gotten much bigger since last month. I did have to transplant it (again) to a slightly bigger pot that also had better drainage because it was starting to turn a pale green/yellow.  The oregano still loves all the sunlight and rain it has been getting these past few weeks!
That’s it for now. The heat has been oppressive for many people, I know. Just know that soon enough, the crisp cool air will move in, pushing out the heat. Fresh herbs and tomatoes will be yet another long gone summer memory. 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. 
~Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

10 thoughts on “Gardening Update: Mid-Summer

  1. Lauren Knight says:

    I feel your pain! We have had NO tomatoes this year because the squirrels keep stealing them before they are even ripe. It is so sad to put all that work into a garden and have pests dash your hopes! Hang in there!

  2. Urban Wife says:

    @ 3iNnA – Thanks for stopping by. Usually, I water in the morning and evenings unless it is raining that day. Your crops look wonderful – keep up the good work! 🙂

  3. ~3iNnA~ says:

    I am new to your blog. I was typing and submit and it disappear my comment (very interesting…)

    You can't let the tomato stay too long at the plant.

    I have our first vegetable garden posted on my blog (if you are interested).

    Also you have to be careful when you watering your plant…do you water it during the day, afternoon or evening?

    We planted alot of crops…eggplants (2 types), 4 types of tomato, bell pepper, sweet mint, 2 types of basils, roselle and carrot for now.

  4. Urban Wife says:

    @ O'Melly – We don't have a yard either unless you count a paver patio so potted plants are it. The tomatoes I'm sure would do better in the soil although Florida soil is not great. I will do my best to not give up!

    @ Joanna – I know what you mean about forgetting to water…happens a lot with me. Too bad Camelot tainted your rosebush! I hope it comes back nicely. 🙂

    @ Lindsay – Thanks! The tomatoes really aren't that big but I guess the picture makes them look that way. They were yummy though. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. says:

    Well you're definitely doing better than me! I completely gave up on my veggies and herbs this year, mainly because I forgot to water them. My rosebushes are doing ok. Camelot (dog) decided to pee on one of them, so it's rapidly turning brown. But hopefully after a lot of water it will come back to life. Keep up the good work!


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