The Reds Are Coming: Patience In the July Garden

 Chard growing tall

Chard growing tall

Did you know that birthstone for July  is ruby? Ruby is a symbol of contentment, imagination - love. On the last day of July 2013 the reds are coming! Peppers which showed little promise have begun to flower -  I look forward to red pepper soup and roasted red peppers on goat cheese and hard bread.

 Red Peppers - raw or roasted, perfect!

Red Peppers - raw or roasted, perfect!

Although the Roma tomato plant has been prolific only now are the tomatoes starting to turn bright red. I struggled with the Swiss Chard ( show above ) - the seedlings seemed  tell me to go away until recently when strong red veins pushed the plants upward tall and spreading their leaves. The Eggplants are growing large their deep red caps thorny and tough keep the flesh firm and tasty ( I use egg plant in sauces and I grill it  ).  I have been enjoying water melon eater since I can remember - I was so excited at the thought of growing my own water melons - "Sugar Babies". I am not seeing the development of the florets into small  watermelon buds - I can already taste the bright red/pink flesh of that sweet summer treat! My Detroit Red Beets continue to proudly wave their tops and share the barrel they are living in with the aggressive spearmint which pops up despite my plucking. Beet Salad - grilled beats with sage leaves, unsalted peanuts and fennel - yum!

 Sugar Babies spreading and showing off florets

Sugar Babies spreading and showing off florets

Patience, calm, tenacity is what brought me to this day. Time starved and always on a "deadline" some days I wanted to toss in the shovel and hop to the market rather than grow my own. Then I would look around at my tiny space, see the bulbs which returned and brought flowers for me to enjoy, hear the Western Scrubs and the Love Birds playing in the bird bath and see my hard work in the form of vegetables growing large and tasty for me to enjoy at the end of my long work day. When I was novice gardener I wanted it all, I wanted my personal garden to be as large and as grant as  shown in the beautiful image below from North Carolina. - I wanted to plant everything!.

 

 From Awakening Charlotte

From Awakening Charlotte

This year for example I thought I wanted turnips - I got lots of turnips and they were pretty in pink but as it turned out I am not a turnip lover ( my neighbor is though:) I soon learned ( from the garden ) that  it was more important for me to grow what I needed and to be successful than a wishful thinker who did not know what she was doing - I have grown green:)   I  appreciate a large productive garden and  will put every effort into fulfilling my goal of  developing a community space - Little Garden Girls for women and children to see red, find contentment and love their gardens in July!  Be sure to click through the image gallery below the Turbin Flower to see an update on the veggie garden 2013.

LOOK AHEAD WHATS NEXT FOR THE AUGUST 2013 MAGAZINE

Our August Magazine will continue to explore out door spaces  and will journey around the country to look at what is happening across America's Gardens - see you in August:) 

 Turbin Flower - a bulb that surprised me when it popped up next to the Pole Bean Barrel ( the orange on the stamen's can stain so watch out!:)

Turbin Flower - a bulb that surprised me when it popped up next to the Pole Bean Barrel ( the orange on the stamen's can stain so watch out!:)