Our little raised bed veggie garden is chugging along. This heat has been brutal, but I've managed to keep it alive with daily watering. So far we've had lots of peas harvested and about three grape tomatoes. Today we picked another bigger tomato of a species I forget. I used a different type of soil this year and it is obvious. Last year I used Miracle Grow enriched soil. The tomato plants were huge! This year I used a non-enhanced soil and the plants are noticeably smaller. I have been adding an organic fertilizer every two weeks or so.
I'm now noticing baby cucumbers growing and the carrot tops are really getting bigger. Last year I planted carrots, but they did not amount to anything. I'm hoping that the ones growing this year will actually be edible. The cucumbers are tiny with one that is about gherkin pickle size. They are a favorite veg here, even the kiddo will gobble them up, so I'm hoping for lots of them in about a month. The kiddo has been enjoying the peas. He will eat the whole pod, despite it technically not being edible. They are really sweet. The only things that haven't flowered yet but are growing like mad are the green beans. They are twisting and twining all over the place, but no flowers or beans yet.
The basil I planted in my herb garden has been eaten by something. I'm not sure if it's insects or critters, but it isn't doing well. I finally decided to try planting one basil plant in the raised bed, near the tomatoes. It is doing beautifully. Nothing has nibbled it at all. So, hopefully I'll get at least a batch of pesto out of it later this summer. I did discover a very tiny green worm or caterpillar eating some of my herbs, mainly the dill, that did not survive. Something always eats the cilantro too, but I still have a small plant of that left. I had to fence in the veg bed, but I cannot fence in the herb garden. Since they are mostly edible herbs, I do not use pesticides. Hopefully some of the herbs will survive the summer.