Thursday, June 30, 2011
I don't want to get too excited in case I'm wrong, but I think some female flowers on the melon plants have finally been pollinated.
In the above photo the female flower did not get pollinated. The flower shriveled up and turned brown and the tiny fruit behind it shrank in size and turned yellow.
In the above photo the flower has also shriveled up and turned brown, but note the difference in the fruit, it's still green. Also, now it's hanging down, as if it has gotten heavier. Before the flower was angled up, reaching toward the sun. I've seen several flowers like this in the past few days. I hope it means what I think it means, I'm tired of angsting over a plant!
Some of the vines are topping the chimney so now I'm training them to grow sideways and down.
I thought for sure the cherry tomatoes would be the first thing to ripen on the rooftop, but they're still green.
Young fruit on the King Crimson pepper plants.
The Yellow Perfection tomatoes are changing color.
Powdery mildew is steadily creeping up the Lemon cucumber. Organic fungicide is slowing down the process so hopefully a few cukes will make it to maturity before the plant dies.
Maybe I'm just not meant to grow cukes. The first year I grew them, 2008, the plant died of powdery mildew before I knew what was going on. The second year the seeds never sprouted, not a single one, and I used the entire packet. Last year they struggled through spider mites, but ultimately were finished off by a tornado. Now we're back to powdery mildew. I'm taking a break. Next year no cucumbers for the rooftop.
Aphids have found the Valencia tomatoes so every now and then I shower the plants in water to reduce their numbers.
Fairy Tale eggplants are the first harvest from the roof. The fruit is tender, seedless and never bitter. The skin is a beautiful lavender with white streaks, very eye-catching. Just watch out for those thorns! I always end up pricking myself because I forget they're there. These are just as good as the ones I grew last year, Gretel, so I'll add it to my list for top vegetable seeds for rooftop container gardening.
June 27-June 30:
Eggplant (Fairy Tale): 12.7 ounces
Running Weight Total 2011: 1 pound, 6.2 ounces