Good morning, everyone. Another HHH week (hazy, hot, humid) here in South Carolina. Combined with my vicious fiscal-year-end work schedule, I have been out in the garden only a couple of times this week. <sigh> I’m going through gardening withdrawals, yet I’m thankful for air conditioning and the small harvests I have been getting. (Small due to the heat, fungus/disease, and insects.) However, I still have some pictures for you this week.
While taking time to cut my grass for me, my Garden Wilson found a praying mantis on my fence and took a picture of it for me. Eat the bugs, big guy!
IN THE GARDEN:
I didn’t spend much time in the garden, but I thought I’d take a few pictures of the herbs growing along my front walkway.
My regular thyme didn’t make it. Both the one I grew from seed and the one I transplanted (from the store) didn’t make it; I think the heat was just too much. However, my lemon thyme is growing well. The larger patch was transplanted (from the store), and the smaller patch was from seed.
My basil is growing, but it’s not as green and vibrant as it should be. Basil likes full sun, but I think it’s getting too much afternoon sun, which is a bit strong here.
My sage is being eaten by some sort of insect, but I’m not sure what because I’ve not seen any actual insects. This plant is the worst. The plant across the walkway was looking good until recently, and now it, too, has leaves that are eaten. Anyone have any idea what’s causing this?
Two of my spicy oregano plants are dying. First, it was the smaller of the two in the picture below. Recently, the large one next to it started dying. The branches are dying, but I don’t know why.
Here’s what my other spicy oregano plants look like. A little peaked from the sun, but otherwise healthy.
Due to my work schedule this past week, I harvested on only one day. However, I took in a decent haul. I harvested over an ounce of elderberries, 1.6 pounds of melons, 6 pounds of tomatoes, and 10 pounds of winter squash. I didn’t harvest any cucumbers because the three I picked from the vines had holes in them from pickle worms. Yes, they have now arrived from Florida. I even had to throw away two melons due to those worms.
In the photos, produce identification is from the top, clockwise.
HARVEST July 15:
A few more elderberries went into the freezer.
The melons I got to keep after throwing away a couple with pickle worms.
Nice basket of tomatoes. Now THIS is summer!
I harvested my second butternut squash (Burpee’s Butterbush), but it was just as small as the other one. This is the second year I’ve harvested a handful of very small butternut, then have the plants shrivel up and die. I don’t think this variety likes the Charleston heat, so I won’t grow it next year.
However, the Black Futsu squash does great! I actually need to cook up the last couple of squash from last year now that I have these coming in. (Yes, these squash and the Seminole pumpkins I harvested last year cured very well and lasted through the winter and spring.)
What’s happening in your garden this week?