Garden Log: June 09

Rose from Front yard
Rose from Front yard

It is getting quite warm here in Houston. The backyard vegetable garden seems to thrive under hot and humid conditions. Tomatoes, peppers, bendi and brinjals are fruiting well. Some of you emailed me about tomatillo status. It is growing like a lanky teenager. Lot of vertical growth with flowers but no tomatillos so far. I could not get another tomatillo plant this year for cross-pollination. If I plant next time, there will be a pair.

The vegetable vines are also doing well. Red alasanda (Asparagus beans) are growing like there is no tomorrow and producing lot of pods. Chikkudu (Indian broad beans) are also flowering a lot. Karela, Turai, Zucchini, green beans, cucumber are coming up slowly.

For vegetable vines, Vijay and father-in-law together built a support system with some wooden beams. The frame is four columns, one in each corner. Connected them horizontally with three sawed and sized beams. One on each end and another one in the middle. The gap between the beams is filled with wire mesh. Near the vegetable vines, we stuck four to six small sticks. Tied a twine to each stick and connected the twine to wire mesh above. The vines are following the twine to the frame. The support system is nothing fancy, but it seems to do the job.

Here are some photos from the backyard.

Row of Roses
Row of Roses


Maruvam (Sweet Marjoram)
Maruvam (Sweet Marjoram)


Cayenne Peppers
Cayenne Peppers

Banana Pepper
Banana Pepper

Bell Peppers
Bell Pepper

Tadka Mirchi (Chili Pequin)
Tadka Mirchi (Chili Pequin)

Tomatoes
Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes

Kakara (Karela, Indian Bitter gourd)
Kakara (Karela, Indian Bitter gourd)
(The vine is following the twine that is tied to the stick in the ground.)

Homemade Vine Support for Vegetable Vines
Homemade Vine Support for Vegetable Vines

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