Thursday, August 4, 2011

Steady As She Goes

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

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.

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

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.

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

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.

Bucolic Bushwick Rooftop Vegetable Garden 2011

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

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  1. Those melons look spectacular. Wish I had thought to grow lemon cucumbers. They are so pretty when ripe.

  2. Finally getting sunny warm weather in the NW. Tomato plants are going gang busters, lemon cukes are covered in flowers and small fruit, regular cukes are giving up one or two a day... I am excited to watch the progress on my roof and yours!

  3. @Marie The lemon cukes are by far the prettiest fruits in this year's garden, their skin actually reminds me of watermelon.

    @Match Let us know how the tomatoes taste and perform on the roof. I'm always on the lookout for new varieties to try.

  4. Oooh, I'm loving the melon! I can't believe you got it to produce in a container. What type are you growing? BTW, I love the sungolds you gave me. Best tasting cherries ever!

  5. Tasty Bites F1, it's a small melon that averages 2 pounds. I think almost anything can be grown in a container as long as you pick the right seed.


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