Cantaloupe!Cantaloupe!
Purple pepper!Purple pepper!
This pepper never got very big, but it's been on so long it's starting to turn redThis pepper never got very big, but it's been on so long it's starting to turn red
Baby peppersBaby peppers
Sungold cherry tomatoesSungold cherry tomatoes
Purple Cherokee tomatoesPurple Cherokee tomatoes
Cayenne pepperCayenne pepper
  • Cantaloupe!
  • Purple pepper!
  • This pepper never got very big, but it's been on so long it's starting to turn red
  • Baby peppers
  • Sungold cherry tomatoes
  • Purple Cherokee tomatoes
  • Cayenne pepper

I’ve spent most of this summer concerned that my garden was never going to produce anything. This is partially accurate, because it hasn’t produced a whole lot so far.

I think I’m coming to the conclusion, though, that the new beds I put in aren’t getting enough sun. They’re oriented east-west, and unfortunately there are some pretty big trees just on the other side of the fence that keep the beds from getting early morning sun. I paid close attention to it on Sunday, and it wasn’t until 11:30am that the tomatoes were finally in full sun.

They start to lose it in the late afternoon because of the house and the garage, so they’re probably only getting 5-6 hours of full sun. 6 hours is the recommended minimum for tomatoes. Boo. I may just have chosen a bad site.

The good news, though, is that my plants are finally starting to produce something. We’ve got baby heirloom tomatoes, baby cherry tomatoes, baby peppers and a baby melon. It may just be that I’ll have the last garden in Columbia producing vegetables. As long as they eventually produce, I don’t mind too much.

4 Responses to “Better late than never”

  1. What Pigs Don't Know
    6 August 2010 at 10:13 am #

    After having tried tomatoes & peppers 3 times, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that our lot is just too shaded for full sun vegetables (much to my dismay). However, there is still much we can grow. I’ve decided that going forward I won’t put anymore time into growing things that require more sun than I can give them. Things like spinach, chard, lettuces, and peas do great on my lot. I’m also going to give beets another shot. Then I’m hoping I can just barter or trade my excess veggies for someone that has more luck with the sun lovers. -Carrie

  2. CoMo Homestead
    7 August 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    I’m hoping I can avoid making that same decision. I’m pretty sure I can; I may just need to relocate some things next year. Last year was my first year growing pretty much anything, and we got 50 lb of tomatoes. So I know it can be done!

    Speaking of trading veg, have you heard of http://www.veggietrader.com?

  3. What Pigs Don't Know
    10 August 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    No, I haven’t. Can’t wait to check it out – thanks!


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