Garden Update — August/September 2014
Hurricane Odile just sent me my first squall, so there won’t be any garden action for a couple of days. In the meantime, let me show you what’s been going on out there.
So here you see wax beans at the lower right, green beans in the middle, a pepper plant at the very bottom, three caged tomatoes at the left, then sunflowers and cucumbers just outside the tomato cages.
The wax beans have done much better than the green beans, even though I gave them all a dose of Epsom salts. This was recommended to provide them with magnesium, and because the soil is a bit poor. The wax beans loved it, the green beans liked it, but weren’t quite as impressed. Here are the wax beans doing their thing.
And they have been delicious, tender and buttery. Mmmm!
The green beans have been less prolific, but I do get two or three a week to snack on while inspecting the garden. They’re sweet and crunchy.
And it’s not like they’re not trying.
Pretty flowers. And when I see them, I go and jiggle the plants a little, in case they might benefit from that kind of encouragement.
The cukes are flowering very nicely, but I can’t tell the male flowers from the female flowers, so I haven’t been able to help them along. I wouldn’t make a very good bee.
Eventually, they figured it out, though:
And that ended up like this:
I may have waited one day too long on that one, but it was still pretty good. And there are
two four(!) more forming up just now. 🙂
I also have two peppers almost ready, and here’s one.
I’ve got only one tomato so far, and it’s almost cheating, since it was already a baby on the plant when I bought it. It finally ripened into this:
That’s about golf-ball sized, or half as big as it should be. I’ve had no luck with tomatoes. I got some seeds to sprout, but birds ate them; I had three left, and those did OK for a while, then keeled over and died. They didn’t leave a note, so I don’t know what the problem was. Then I bought 6 plants; three of them are in the garden bed, the other three I put in large pots near the others. The ones in the pots all died. My current theory is that they want more nitrogen and less water. The three in the ground seem to be doing better, and they seem to like having the cucumber leaves shading them. That’s probably also a clue: the sun may be slightly too strong for them just now. Maybe they’ll perk up in a month or so.
Lastly, I planted sunflowers to act as a trellis for the cucumbers to climb on, and they’ve done a good job at that. And for a bonus, they look terrific!
They make me smile.