Garden Update 7/20

Wednesday July 20, 2011
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Time for another garden update.  I have to confess, I haven’t been giving my garden much attention lately.  I’ve been trying to remember to water it every few days, but I’m sure it’s a bit on the parched side.

I’ve concluded that my garden is never going to produce the great yields others do, simply because we are short on sunlight.   Despite that, there have been some exciting harvests.

Most notably, my one, solo zucchini.

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No sign of anything else growing on the vine, but I’m quite proud of this 10+ incher.

We’ve had a few cucumbers as well, but the last one was thin and kind of puny looking and I don’t see anything else developing.   I seem to be having some problem with something – not sure if it’s bugs or disease.   Notice the wilt and discoloration on the leaves below.  Any knowledgeable gardeners want to chime in? (Grandpa Don?!?)

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The tomatoes are doing pretty well.  It takes forever, it seems for them to ripen and finish.   These two are my next promising toms — they are full size, for them — ~ 2.5 inches.

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When my previous tomatoes on this plant began to ripen on the vine, I had a problem with the birds starting to eat it.  I remembered Grandpa telling a story about a neighbor who put fake snakes in his cornfield to deter crows… but I went with what I had on hand and installed shiny pinwheels.

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So far, they seem to be working.

The jalapeno plants continue to produce like gangbusters, tho most are small, less than 2 inches.

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The bell peppers are taking a while, but they too are showing some progress.  There are quite a few peppers coming on, but the biggest is less than 3 inches.

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Lastly, the cherry tomato plant in this bed is trying to take over the world.  You can’t make much sense of it all, but it’s a big green mess.  It has lots of green toms on it, but only two tiny red ones — see if you can find them in the pic.

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So far, that’s how it grows.   What’s cooking in your yard?

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5 Responses to Garden Update 7/20

  1. 1
    Grandpa says:

    Mighty fine looking to me. The leaves look like something has been
    chomping on them where the spots are. That is what thinks look like after stink bugs get to them. Next time you are down I will give you some stuff to mix up and spray them with. The porblem one usually has with cukes is a grub gets in the stalks and eats their way up the vine and kills off the whole thing. Sevin usually takes care of that. The little white butter fly’s lay their eggs and bingo they eat up the vines. Take a look at the vine where it comes out of the ground. If the grub has gotten to it it will start to look very rotten right around where it breaks ground.
    Cherry tomato plants grow crazy and take over everything. I tie them up to a stake. Remind me and I will give you some telephone wire I cut up and use to tie mine with. Looks like the red ones are just off the center about half way up back in the vine a ways.
    I think you are doing a mighty fine job with the vigies. Heck of a lot better looking than my garden this year. Cukes, zuchini, squash are doing nothing and tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Did pick 3 doxen ears of corn last night and dug 5 5 gal buckets of potatoes and they are really nice this year. Got good rain early in the spring and now nothing.

    GP

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    Green Bean says:

    I’m so jealous of your jalapenos! Things are growing slow here – mostly just herbs and summer squash right now but I’m waiting for the tomatoes.

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    Kim says:

    I found the red tomatoes! (I had to enlarge the photo to do it LOL)

    Our garden is slow going too. Only 2 tomatoes harvested so far, and that is our entire harvest to date.

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    Xfitdad says:

    Thanks to this little bird, no more red cherry tomatoes.

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    Lynn says:

    Your garden looks good to me! 🙂 I love the pinwheel. I’ll have to give that a try. I’m sure my kids would like that idea.

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