Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Vegetable Plant Update 5 2009

Looking good right? I'm surprised at every vegetable plants growth pace. I thought I wouldn't have anything else to harvest from the rooftop garden until the 3rd or 4th week of July, but looks like I'll be harvesting cherry tomatoes and hot peppers in a few days. The broccoli plants are immense, I had no idea that they get so large. Only 2 have produced a head, who knows what's going on with the others. Maybe it's too late in the season? I don't have any other plans for that DIY self-watering container so I'll just let them stay there until I feel like pulling them out. Something is once again going on with the cherry tomato plant. More on that in another post.

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  1. Is the cherry tomato getting yellowish/tan in the leaves or spots on the leaves.

    We got browning/leaf drop last year mid summer but the cherries kept on coming. New growth wasn't affected, so the leaves and stems dropped underneath while producing growth on top. This year I planted more resistant varieties, at least VF.

    The broccoli will probably get woody. I finally pulled all mine, except that which is sucking in the aphids.

  2. Things are looking great in your garden. Congratulations!

  3. Hi NYC Garden - Leaves are discolored at the top, not the bottom. It started when the plant began producing a lot of fruit. Fruits appear unaffected. I fill the 1 gallon reservoir everyday, but I think that's just not enough to meet its needs.

  4. You shouldn't be getting yellow new leaves from low water.

    Are they curling as well as turning yellow?

    I think you've worked on a magnesium deficiency before, right?

  5. Sorry, I should have specified the color, the leaves are a lighter green than the ones at the base of the plant, plus some appear purple. The leaves are not curling. Right on the magnesium deficiency, I still occasionally add epsom salt to their water.

  6. You may have chlrosis, but sounds like a wait and see. I don't know if simply adding magnesium to your water is best. Minerals need to interact with other soil minerals and ions, enzymes, to generate positive results. Its complicated to say, so check out this intro:

  7. I'm with you on the wait and see approach. As long as it keeps producing throughout the summer I don't care what color it is. I think the solution to my problems is already out of reach. I never should have planted this cherry in a container!


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