I feel pretty good about how the tomatoes are doing. So far, I seem to have strong, healthy plants, flowering. I watched this video and this video, and learned a bunch. I started a handful of seeds in a few small growing cups (?), separated after a few weeks as she recommended. That worked REALLY well, I will definitely be doing that again. Planted deep as she suggested, used eggs - we'll see about that, and been pinching back the suckers. I started two kinds - San Marzano (romas) and Money Maker, and traded one of each with my neighbor who had started a cherry, I think, and a Beefsteak. Plant trading friends are a bonus! I'm also trying to leave them with some dry days, as my father-in-law always told me I watered too much. As you can see, we have some fruit! I look forward to some good sauce.
The perennials are always a nice way to mark time - lavender, roses, lemon thyme. The lettuce is about to bolt. I think I'll start some more in a month or so to have for September harvest. I don't want to look too far ahead because we still have some summer to enjoy!
I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day! I'm so thankful for our country; it's not perfect, but unlike many things in this world, our founders left the door open for improvements as we find them. Happy summer! I hope the bees are buzzing in your garden!!