garden update

Last I wrote, the veggie garden had just gone in:

It's been a few weeks now, and I: have applied another layer of straw; have to keep pulling up the bindweed that survived the solarization; have put in some marigolds to keep the tomatoes company. Some plants have done better than others.

Tomatoes: 0 for 3
Squashes: 50/50
Beans: woo hoo!

So, the tomato leaves slowly tuned brown + shriveled. I couln't figure out what (if any) disease they maybe had. Plants never got any bigger, never set flowers. I snapped off the brown stuff, but lately, two of them seem to be setting new leaves. Weird.

Next year we'll plant any tomatoes in the perennial bed, against a south-facing garden wall. I think it will help keep the plants warmer, radiating heat into the evenings — it still gets down in the 60s most nights. All of our friends who have successfully grown 'maters this summer seem to have done the wall thing.

Squash #1 (Delicata): Also failure to thrive, but not dying either. It's about the same size as when it was planted — just not spreading out or anything. Blooms a plenty, just all squinched up there in the middle.

Squash #2 (Acorn): Yay! Lookit it go! It's sprawling all over like a good squash plant should. (Those are the beans in the background.)

All kinds of baby squashes underneath. Biggest is about the size of a large orange.

The beans are the most heartening, seeing as how they were a package of seeds (beans) I poked into the ground the day I put all the other plants in, and they're really going — beans already! They're drying beans, though — I hope they'll have enough time to mature before it gets too cold.


andy said...

Supposedly tomatos are water hogs so that might be the problem. Everything looks pretty green though.

Bram said...

Well, as you've noted, it's pretty green — we've been running the sprinklers. And been getting some honest-to-goodness rain (nothing like the East recently, but enough to ruin a fair amount of evenings outside).

Reasonably sure it's the temperature. And planting them in July.