First Early Girls of the Season

Early girlsThe garden is doing well. Despite being away for most of the month of May, my neighbors helped out and kept things watered and growing. Late last week, the first of green tomatoes started to turn a yellowish-orange. I had a suspiscion that by mid-June, the Early Girls would be ripe.

I could have picked the first of the tomatoes on Sunday, but thought it would be better to let them get a bit more vine ripe for the first batch.

The tomato plants really took off this year and I haven’t even used fertilizer yet. This morning I got two Early Girls and one Rutgers from the garden. Not sure exactly what I’ll do with them yet, but they look yummy. I have a more that are green, so it will just take some time before they’re ready too.

I did see a few Roma tomatoes that were starting to turn. Unfortunately, I saw some Roma’s that had some bottom rot. Not cool.

The jalepeños are growing with more on the way. The bell pepper plants are now over knee high and have a few white flowers on them.I might have a few early bell peppers, but they’ll be pretty small compared to what I expect to get in the Fall.

We haven’t been getting much rain either. My large 425 gal cistern is almost empty and if we don’t get rain soon, I’ll have to dip into my reserve 325 gal tank. Despite the lack of rain, let’s hope the garden can make it through a sure-to-be hot July.

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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