Everything seemed ok, other than the red potatoes. they were falling over yellowed, drying, dead almost. A complete 180 from the fullness that they had when I left. I wonder though, if this is because they're ready to be harvested? The foliage perked up a little bit after much water. But still not as full.
Anyway, I'm going to participate in harvest Monday for the first time, hosted by Daphne's Dandelions.
|Shelled peas. Probably enough for one meal|
I'm amazed at the amount of growth there was while I was gone this weekend. I discovered a couple of baby tomatoes earlier this week, but now the amount has doubled: Amish Paste, Big Mama Hybrid and Health Kick all have 4-5 fruits; the Husky Cherry Hybrid has a couple and Chocolate Cherry has one fruit.
The Gypsy pepper plant that I got from Home Depot is showing it's first baby pepper. And like the Chocolate Cherry, I'm worried about the other one that I got from Burpee. It's a California Sweet Hybrid, but it's not growing very much either. It's flowered (as you can see below) but I worry that it's not going to do very well.
The only thing that I can think is that the problem stems from being planted next to all the tomatoes. When I planted him I only had 3 tomatoes in the same bed and I was going to buy two more to put in. Then C gave me 3 of her volunteer tomatoes. I reasoned that the pepper would grow mostly along with the toms and they'd stay around the same size- even though I know peppers take longer. So. I'm not sure what to do.
The melons (Honey Bun Hybrid) are trucking along. I've got three growing in a half barrel planter, and I think I might plant three more where the peas are now.
The carrots are starting to poke out. According to my notes I planted them March 17th, and the packaging says they take about 70 days, so they're pretty close to being done. The first picture is the one I pulled out to check. In the second picture you can see they're poking out too, but they're still a little green. And apparently you can leave them in the ground after they're mature. Not sure what to plant here when they're done. It's the end of the bed so maybe some squash or zucchini?
Speaking of, here are some updated pictures. The top is zucchini, the bottom is summer squash. I'd originally put three seeds in each planter, only to have one zuke and two squash seeds eaten by birds. I only replaced the squash, so that's why two of them are much smaller. I want to try and trellis them this year.
The lemon cucumbers are filling out, and in place of the broccoli I planted two more rows of wax beans, bush beans and 2 regular cucumber seeds.
The pole beans are...pole-ing. I don't know if you can tell but one of the tendrils extends almost a foot beyond the top of my trellis. And I think they're about to flower. Same with the wax beans, they're going to flower in the next couple of days.
The bush beans have flowered, but only a few. Can't wait! C is already harvesting hers, and she's given me a big plastic bag full of them.
I realize this looks like a creek or something, but it's really the bed that the garlic is in. I watered the hell out of it today to make sure it was watered deep. The garlic is still nice and green- no signs of yellowing/dying/ready to harvest yet.