Our garden continues to grow apace. The tomato plants have gotten tall, and so, as they fruit tomatoes and some of their branches weigh down, we’ve had to find ways to secure the plants — we’ve put stakes, tied a couple to the balcony railing itself, and added a cage around one pot. The tomatoes seem sensitive to changes in temperature, and we found a few baby tomatoes sadly rotting… but all in all they look great and there are quite a few tomatoes growing healthfully.
Here’s one of the big ones:
The basils are doing fabulously — we’ve already made several batches of fresh pesto (paleo version), and have used them in sauces as well as scrambled eggs. They keep growing back and then some. It’s wonderful to be able to just step out onto the balcony and harvest our own basil as needed! The thyme and sage are doing, well, too, and have been useful in cooking. It’s a very satisfying feeling to have a herb garden that proves useful in daily cooking.
My current garden excitement are the shishito peppers — they look gorgeous, and more keep growing… I can’t wait to eat them! I planted them solely because I love grilled shishito peppers and thought it would be great if we could just grow them ourselves and not have to pay for them. We weren’t confident how well they’d do, but they seem to be doing very well. Although I suspect that their pepper growth will not keep up with my appetite, I am impressed with how well they are doing.