Chugging along

There’s not a lot happening in the garden right now besides … disease. I’m getting squash and zucchini every day, and the blackberries are putting on, and my Stupice gives me at least one tomato every day. I have had my first white pepper and a cucumber, so that was exciting! Juliet, Stupice, and Sun Gold have produced fruit. I also have one Cherokee Purple I picked green that ripened inside and we ate. We are still working on the greens (so peppery!), and I’ll have to pick more Chard soon.

So far I’ve not had any slicers or beefsteaks ripen. I’m kind of worried that they will get blossom end rot — so far every tomato in the bales has had it. I sprayed this week with a mix of Rot Stop, copper fungicide, and Neptune’s Harvest. I will have to stay on the fungicide as leaf disease is getting all the plants now.

Tomatoes in the bed are well dried out now. I think I will start watering them morning and evening because of the heat. The ground is cracking and not looking great. The beans are doing fine, and so is the spaghetti and butternut squash. The melons I put in haven’t grown much. I’m hoping they will start taking off soon.

Sydney put in a sunflower last year, and apparently it was a hybrid, because I’m getting all kinds of weird looking sunflower volunteers out there. I’ve got little short sunflower plants coming up plus some seven-footers. They are actually kind of nice to have in the house. I always love to keep cut flowers around.

I’ve started some bales seasoning and will start some plants to go outside for fall harvesting soon. I can’t decide if I will start inside or just try them outside. I have five bales out there. Might want more :)

Things are going well — just waiting for the big tomatoes to put on.

Posted by Jenny Smith

I'm Jenny Smith. I keep up with three cars, two kids, one husband, and I live on 300+ acres of rolling farmland in Northern Virginia where we look after an elderly relative. I like tomatoes, all things Star Trek, watercolor, and reading. I spend most days in the garden fighting deer and groundhogs as I pursue a graduate degree. I'm trying to be like Jesus -- emphasis on the trying.