I have to admit, my garden isn’t looking as pretty as I’d like. Specifically, I’m having trouble with my cucurbits and tomatoes. With all the rain we’ve had, on top of the typical Charleston humidity, I’m fighting to keep my plants alive. The tomatoes have Septoria Leaf Spot. Most of my squash and all my pumpkins were assassinated by squash borers. And my cucumbers are fighting mildew of some sort, and it’s spreading to my casaba melons. I’m harvesting good cucumbers and tomatoes, but I’m fighting to keep the plants alive.
Well, let’s get the sad news over with. Like I said, I lost plants to squash borers – all my pumpkins and all my yellow squash. I have one spaghetti squash left and a couple of butternut squash, as well as a couple of zucchini trying to hang on. Here’s a picture of the zucchini that didn’t make it.
Yesterday, I pulled all the pumpkins and squash that didn’t make it. The main stem was mushy – the sign that squash borers are the culprit. <sigh> All my attempts to stave them off failed.
I’m still fighting the Septoria Leaf Spot on my tomatoes. I continually trim the affected branches, as much as I can, anyway. I’m concerned about trimming off so many branches, the plant won’t survive. The picture below is of my roma tomatoes – a hybrid variety (not an heirloom). I guess hybrids aren’t any more resistant to fungus than heirlooms.
Now for the happy news. The chard I planted this spring is now almost as big as the plant that returned from last spring’s planting.
My dill is producing heads now. I have two different varieties of dill. The title picture above is the large head on one of my dill plants. The picture below are the heads on my fern dill. These make great spice for pickles!
Last spring, I received some free seed for “mini red heart peppers.” They didn’t grow well last year, but I planted the last of the free seed this year. They’re growing great this year. I looked up “mini red heart peppers” on the internet, but didn’t find anything. Hmm….someone nicknamed the peppers? I did find Sweetheart peppers that look like this; they’re a hybrid variety, so I couldn’t save the seed from mine – if that’s what these are. I think I’ll try saving the seed anyway and see if they germinate next year. I haven’t tasted them yet, but I’m about to. They’re turning red!
I’ll be picking lots of jalapenos soon.
My lima bean pods are plumping up. I can feel the lima beans forming inside the pod. Harvest time is coming!
I have a butternut squash growing. It’s vine is surviving, so we’ll see if I can get this all the way to harvest. And maybe get some more?? One can only hope.
Remember the white watermelon I had growing? Well, the branch of the vine it was on got pinched somehow, and it died. So, back to the drawing board on that one. At least I’m starting to see new tips growing on the vine, so flowers should follow soon. Also, no melons yet on my red watermelon or my casaba. However, I do have canteloupes, a tigger melon, and a lemon drop melon growing!
Finally, I did some planting. I found a couple packages of gladioli bulbs that I never planted. The deadline for planting was June 1, but I figured I’d try it – even if it is three weeks late. We’ll see what happens. Here’s the gladioli I planted last month (I have them on both sides of my front door; this is one side.)
Well, that’s my garden this week. How does your garden grow?