We are just a few days away from summer, so I thought I would give a garden update. Some things are really starting to take off, the beds are filling out. In other cases, I am throwing up my hands and counting my losses (already). So here goes.
Success: The pole beans and the zucchini plant adjacent are doing very well. This photo was taken earlier in the week, and those bean vines are probably twice as tall.
Disappointment: I didn’t get a picture, but in the bed just next to this one, the bush beans are yellowing rapidly. There is still new green growth, but I am afraid that they may have a mosaic virus. Boo.
Success: This bed is a mix of stuff: four tomato plants, two musk melons, a yellow water melon, a basil plant, and pole beans. All doing very well. This picture was also taken earlier in the week and the melon vines have also doubled in size. I think I may need to get at least one of them vertical or the melons may take over the bed.
Disappointment: I didn’t take a picture because the plants are so small you would have to search around for them amid the mulch. I cannot get my pepper plants (save one) to grow! They have been about an inch tall for over a month, and I just got peppers from a neighbor who has a plant already producing! I may go back on my “plant only from seed” commitment and see if the farmers’ market this weekend has any organic pepper seedlings. I cannot imagine my summer garden without peppers.
Successes: The hard squashes are taking off and beginning their climb up the lattice. My first tomatoes have set with many, many more on the way. I harvested the first zucchini this morning. The second one to come is shown above.
Success: Our plum tree only has about 10 plums on it this year. We usually get at least 100. I am not sure what happened, but the ones that are on there are plumper than ever and just starting to turn the purplish red they will become. Nectarines are on their way too!
Huge Disappointment: My grapes are breaking my heart. The vines are covered in bunches and also with powdery mildew. In the five minutes of research I have done on this so far, the only remedy I have seen requires the use of fungicides, which I am not willing to apply in my garden. Ultimately, it is too late for any remedy this season. If anyone out there knows an organic method of controlling powdery mildew on grapevines, I would love to hear about it.
Success: To end on a happy note, I have a bed that was planted much later than the rest. It has two tomato plants, two eggplants, carrots, basil, and a sweet potato plant. All is well here, just have to get around to mulching.