On my way to pick up my kids from their grandparent’s house yesterday evening I was trying to decide what to write about for Wednesday. After all, it’s only Tuesday, right? Then I got to thinking, I totally missed my day to write. Oh well. So I figured I could sneak this post in here on Thursday and hope that nobody would notice.
It seems that with the days getting longer and longer, the amount of things to do in the garden get larger and larger. Plus, when you’ve got one kid pulling on your left arm and the other pulling the right, and both wanting to play outside its hard not to go have fun with them instead.
I posted this picture on facebook yesterday. But its deceiving. It makes you think that I’m pulling ‘maters off green, lush plants in the backyard. But in fact, they are coming off yellowing, fallen over, ugly looking plants.
Zoe pilfering through my seeds. She was able to identify most everything I had in there.
Preparing for late summer/fall. 4 types of pumpkins, 2 types of watermelons, 8 types of tomatoes. Still need to get more herbs started.
The garlic is pretty well dried out. I need to get it cut down and put into the kitchen.
Lemon cucumber vines trailing up the arbor. They were sick for the longest time, but have taken off fairly well. Plus, some yellowing Mortgage Lifter’s
This Porter (OP) tomato plant was doing excellent until about 2 weeks ago, then it decided to crap out on me. It still has lots of fruit on it though. If you look closely, you can see some recovering lettuce that had wilted due to me forgetting to water it. It probably tastes bitter now.
Quarantined watermelon seedlings. I had these near the backdoor along with more yellow squash and zucchini starts until I realized they were infested with spider mites. #$%@. Picked up some organic stuff last weekend to spray on them. It has neem oil and pyrethrins. The guy said to spray every three days for a few weeks and I should be in the clear. Unfortunately, I had to discard everything but these watermelon seedlings as everything else was too far gone to even attempt to salvage. The spray seems to be working it’s magic…for now.
Remember that photo of the bowl of tomatoes? Here is the source. The temperatures have barely started reaching the 90’s and these plants decided it was time to pack up shop. They are loaded down with so much fruit that the cages have uprooted and keeled over.
On the other hand, these cucumbers and peppers are doing excellent. My redneck PVC trellis has little to be desired though.
The wind toppled over a ten foot tall sunflower.