Thursday, August 4, 2011
Steady As She Goes
Nothing exciting going on in the garden right now, I'm just waiting for the Tasty Bites melon and King Crimson pepper plants to mature.
The melons are inching their way to harvest time.
I think the King Crimson peppers will be ready in a week.
The Sun Gold Cherry tomato plant was getting a little too tall for the roof so I cut off the growing tip a few weeks ago. When you cut off the growing tip the plant grows out instead of up, leading to bushier plants. It's hard to see in the above photo, but more flowering branches have grown lower down on the plant.
New growth will form in the axil, the joint between the stem and a branch/stalk.
The Lemon cucumber plant continues to produce fruit in spite of being weakened by disease, it produces 3-4 cukes a week. I grew this particular variety because I read somewhere Lemon cucumbers are never bitter. So far that's proven true, I've yet to taste a bitter fruit.
Incidentally, I haven't used the organic fungicide since the heat wave. I think the extreme heat knocked out all the fungi on the roof. I see no advancement of powdery mildew on the cucumber plant and whatever infected the Valencia tomatoes has also stopped spreading throughout the 2 plants. New growth is staying green. I'll continue to monitor the plants and resume use if signs of disease return. While I certainly would not want a repeat of that weather, I thought this unexpected benefit was worth mentioning.
July 28-Aug 3:
Cherry Tomato (Sungold): 4.8 ounces
Cucumber (Lemon): 6.4 ounces
Eggplant (Fairy Tale): 3.7 ounces
Pepper (Atris): 1 pound, 1.0 ounce
Tomato (Valencia): 6.4 ounces
Tomato (Yellow Perfection): 5.2 ounces
This Harvest: 2 pounds, 11.5 ounces
Running Weight Total 2011: 21 pounds, 7.8 ounces