The wet weather has really been making the garden grow. Today I harvested a large bunch of basil that I have growing next to my tomatoes. I cut the basil back, but left enough of the stems so that it will grow back and I can harvest it again in a couple of weeks. Now is time to make a little pesto to put in pastas and on chicken sandwiches.
I also pulled one radish from the garden today. It looked picture perfect, but wasn't the best tasting in my opinion. It was definitely fresh enough, just too-radishy. I think I had them in the garden a little too long, so they got overwhelmingly flavorful. I also planted radish during the Texas summer, which is not the suggested season for them. They prefer the cooler spring and fall months. I think the heat made them extra potent and a bit too much for me. I'll be planting radishes only in the spring and fall now.
I was able to plant some seeds indoors on my new grow shelves as well. Yesterday I planted:
- Eggplant - Early Long Purple (Martha Stuart Organic)
- Eggplant - Black Beauty (Ferry-Morse)
- Watermelon - Tasty Sweet (Burpee)
- Pablano Pepper (Ferry-Morse)
- Pepper - California Wonder 300 TMR (Ferry-Morse)
- Tomato - Supersweet 100 VF Hybrid (Ferry-Morse)
- Swiss Chard - Fordhook Giant (Burpee)
- Swiss Chard - Ruby Red (Burpee)
- Sweet Basil (Burpee)
- Spanish Cilantro (Burpee)
- Marigold - Best Mix (Burpee)
- Morning Glory - Tall Mix (Burpee)
- Lupine - Russell's Hybrid Mixed Colors (Ferry-Morse)
- Painted Daisy - Giant Mixed Colors (Burpee)
Note - I soaked the morning glory and lupine seeds for about 18 hours before planting to soften the hard seed shells to hasten germination.