Thursday, July 26, 2012

Plugging Along

Nothing exciting to report. Just watering and harvesting my way through the summer.

Some of the flower pots look worn out and weedy. Not surprising considering I hate weeding. I think it's time for a trip to the green market for new flowers to refresh the pots.

Young Hakucho Hybrid melon waiting for a hammock. One plant out of the three does not have any more pollinated flowers so I'm contemplating ripping it out and planting something else. I think I'll give it till the end of July to set more fruit, if nothing appears out it comes.

Ripe melon waiting to be eaten. These little guys fit in the palm of your hand and are perfect for a single serving. They taste just like cantaloupe.

The Giant Aconcagua pepper plants are so heavy with fruit that the plants are falling over. More support was added to keep them upright.

Flexum Hybrid peppers slipping from yellow to orange and then red.

Giant Aconcagua peppers turning red. This variety is very heat tolerant, it continued to set fruit during the last heat wave, whereas everything else in the garden was on pause. I'm waiting to taste a red pepper to confirm its flavor, but as long as it passes that test this will definitely go on the greatest hits list.

The Summertime Green tomato plants aren't producing as many fruits as the other tomato varieties so I've placed the flower pot closer to the container in the hopes of convincing more insects to pollinate the blossoms. I don't know if this will help, the plants could just find the roof too hot to pollinate, but I can't control the weather so I'll just cross my fingers and hopes this makes a difference.

Another Pingtung Long eggplant on the way.

The Mountain Magic tomato is growing taller than its cage so I cut off the growing tip. I've also stopped removing the side shoots that appear lower on the plant. I want to keep the plant bottom heavy so it doesn't sway so much in the wind.

July 19-25:

Cherry Tomato (Black): 7.0 ounces

Charentais Melon (Hakucho Hybrid): 2 pounds, 7.8 ounces

Pepper (Giant Aconcagua): 11.1 ounces

Tomato (Mountain Magic): 11.0 ounces

Tomato (Summertime Green): 13.3 ounces

This Harvest: 5 pounds, 2.2 ounces

Running Weight Total 2012: 11 pounds, 6.32 ounces

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