The garden is really producing a lot of vegetables! I pulled out the last of the beets and carrots and the remaining corn. Now the beans, tomatoes and peppers seem to be taking over! This was our haul a few days ago!
The tomatoes are coming on strong! The plants are huge and the mystery I had with one of them wilting has been solved – apparently the wind had nearly broken the plant off at it’s base! Thank goodness it wasn’t one of the many fungus, mold or virus maladies that many of my readers suggested! Since the plant was obviously struggling, and since there were actually two plants in almost the same hole, I just pulled the whole plant out. Sad, but it was a little crowded anyway and now the healthy tomato plant can grow to it’s heart’s content!
The Zinnias are blooming and blooming. I have cut quite a few for indoor bouquets and I no longer feel guilty cutting them when I see the abundance of blooms on the plant!
The purple fingerling potatoes are going crazy! They long ago spilled out of their grow bag and are now crawling at least 6 feet along the ground! Will I have potatoes where the vines are crawling along the ground outside of the bag, or do you get potatoes only near the root? I guess I will find out at harvest time!
There are several melons peeking out here and there. I’ve never grown melons before and didn’t know you were supposed to protect them from the sun, so some of them have big sunspots. Lesson learned! I am a little embarrassed to tell you that I planted two varieties of melons – Ananas D’Amerique A Chair Verte and Schoon’s Hardshell – but at this point I’m not sure which is which!
Finally, Caden’s sunflowers are within weeks of harvest. It’s amazing how tall these and the other four I planted have become! I think I will have him help me disengage the seeds from the head and then roast them in the oven. Though I don’t think Caden eats sunflower seeds, I know he would be very proud to be able to serve some to his dad!
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