Thursday, June 23, 2011
Where Are My Melons?
Don't the melon plants look fantastic? Now if I could just get some melons to go with them everything would be great! I guess my hand pollinating efforts have failed, I'll keep on trying though. Last year I got 3 melons out of 2 plants with no hand pollination. I thought I could easily do better this year since I had a better handle on how to grow these plants, but now I'm getting worried.
I saw a single bee collecting pollen on Tuesday, hopefully he was able to work his magic. I need more flowers to attract more bees. Right now I have 2 pots with flowers, clearly that's not enough. And here I thought I was done with spending money this year, oh well.
The Atris peppers are getting long. These are about 6 inches.
The Lemon cucumber has powdery mildew so I'm spraying it with the organic fungicide that I bought last year to treat early blight, Serenade Garden Disease Control.
You know what's interesting is that some peas I grew last year in the same place also had powdery mildew. Not the same container, but the same location on the roof, next to the rear chimney with the reed fence. Is the fungus that causes powdery mildew in peas the same fungus that causes it in cucumbers? Maybe something in this location harbored the fungus over the winter, or maybe it's just a coincidence and I'm over thinking the situation. Something to research.
The eggplants have arrived! They're growing quickly, I'll probably harvest some next week. How is your garden doing? I'm surprised at how early some things are producing.