Back by popular demand…(from all 2 of you, ha!)
Unfortunately, organic gardening is not all it’s cracked up to be. I didn’t get a picture of the peas before I finally pulled them all out, but they went chalky white before they went dry and brown, from the stem up. Not quite sure what that was about, but I thought it was strange it happened from the stem up, almost like root rot? But everything around them was nice and green. Maybe we got a harvest of 15 snap peas, so we were pretty much rolling in it over here. But once all the stalks went brown, I tore them out, in case it was a fungus and could transfer to the squash and cucumbers.
Our tomatoes continue to grow like crazy, but the truth is they don’t taste the greatest. I might opt for a plant with less production next year if it means they taste better. There is something eating the tomatoes and I think it came from the cherry tomato plant, which was never that healthy to begin with. I’ve also learned to splurge and buy the biggest possible tomato cage next year because they grow way bigger than you think they ever could. I went small and cheap, but its just not worth it to have your tomato plant to break in half under its own weight. I’m not exactly sure how to prune a tomato plant so I ended up just chopping off a bunch of limbs everywhere. There’s got to be a more effective method.
So while we have squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes coming out our ears, we are up to a harvest of about 6 strawberries total. Onions are going strong though! I should have planted more. It looks like they can be as close as possible. 6 inches apart my keister…
One benefit to pulling out the peas is that the cucumbers got to climb up and get a better view.
And the peppers are fiiiinally about ready to pop. Just in time for us to go on our family reunion beach vacation for about 2 weeks.
And in miracles of miracles….the watermelon is alive after all! After the last post I dug up the plants and removed the biodegradable pots (which they advertise you can plant directly in the soil). They started growing a little more after that. I’m not sure we will actually see a real live watermelon at the end of this, but at least we have seen some blooms so far.
Here’s a little view of what I picked the other day, after I made a tomato and cucumbet salad. Mostly took this picture because I thought the Siamese squash was fun.
Additionally, we are about to have a yard full of rotting figs again because I just really have no idea what to do with figs.
And about this whole “next year” gardening…unfortunately it looks like we won’t be doing it in this house or this amazing California climate. We are packing up in a few weeks and taking this show on the road to the east coast. There, it’s internet official! So I’m trying to soak up this gardening thing while I can!