my garden after a June t-storm
The light was just right after a heavy downpour this evening so I decided to snap a bunch of shots and ask a few questions I have about the progress of my garden.
I'll start out by saying that I have never seen my tomatoes grow this fast. This is the first year I started from seed and so far all signs are good. Some of the younger plants look a little droopy in the photos below because we received a lot of rain the past week (and more is in the forecast for Thu/Fri).
Until today I had not checked my garden in the last three days and was amazed by how many large thick branches I have on the tomato plants. My cherry tomato blooms are also coming in nicely. A lot of this early success I can directly associate with advice procured from the fine folks that make this forum the "place to be" when it comes to gardening.
Here are my questions, identified by the photo number below.
#1 thru #15 (Tomatoes) - Do I need to start trimming branches? If so, please elaborate on the method. Two weeks ago I pinched off the bottom leaves that were yellowish due to a rough hardening. Now the branches are so thick I couldn't possibly pinch them off. Some branches are angled downward, their leaves almost making soil contact. One of my plants (#10) has started growing a second main branch from underneath the soil line. Do I leave that like it is?
#20 (Shallots) When and how do I harvest these? This is my first year growing shallots so I know nothing about them or onions/garlic/etc for that matter.
#22 (Eggplant) The edges of the leaves have started to turn black. Is this an early warning indicator?
#29 (Arugula) Looks weedy to me. Is that how its supposed to look? All of my other leaf lettuces have already been harvested twice.
#32 (Squash) I am seeing squash plants (or very close imitations) popping up in random spots in my landscaping mulch. This one was about 50 feet from my garden. What gives?