Tomatoes are in full swing.
White Queen rots on vine too often, but looks nice in contrast.
Costolutos are doing alright, but a few rot as usual. Blue beauty and blue berry both cracking a lot.
Chadwick cherry doing poorly. Minimal growth, early wilt, little fruit.
All of harry klees tomatoes are doing very well. Need to double check varieties, but I believe newest hybrid has some of the best results.
Beets have been hit or miss, less than a dozen truly great. Carrots have been fantastic, the freebie cosmic purple making some surprisingly good carrots.
Cucumber blight has set in this weekend. Best crop up until that point.
Harlequin bugs are all over brassicas. Broccoli barely making a head, no more than 1″ across.
Cœur di bue doing better than lots of other cabbage, but still plagued by pests. Maybe fully tent/enclose next year?
Herbs (cilantro, parsley, cumin) have been terrible. Thyme has been great though. Basil is as good as ever, Mammollo has been a great variety.
Peppers are best ever. Judging by neighbors issues with groundhog, and lack of peppers being eaten, should be safe to move them outside fence next year.
Weather has been mid 80s with 90+% humidity and lows barely in upper 60s. Little to no cross winds, very stagnant.
Garlic! After waiting and waiting for scapes, finally did some reading to realize there are hard neck and soft neck varieties of garlic, and only the former reliably shoots up scapes. Al the other signs of being ready to harvest were there (tipping over, browning stalk), so I went ahead and harvested them today. Elsewhere in the garden there have been a reliable half dozen cornichons every few days, and over a dozen carrots came up last week. The succession plantings of those are finally showing first leaves. Earlier in the week I planted a few fall crops, radicchio and Brussels sprouts in particular. This past week was mid nineties for the majority, with lots of heavy rain and thunderstorms. Not too much wind damage, and surprises the heat hasn’t caused the tomatoes to turn more. Still all green. Raspberries are nearing the end of their run, while peppers are recalling hitting their stride. Should have at least one or two bells ready by this time next week. Soybeans and green beans are doing alright, but too crowded and not enough of them for great yields. Someday with more space…
Well, the cold frames worked well. TOO well. A sudden heat wave last week (a few days in the 80s out of no where) and I forgot to take the tops off on a particularly sunny day. All the seedlings are fried (well, 90%, a few might be able to be saved).
Fortunately, May Market was yesterday and today at Phipps. I was able to find Garden Dreams, who stocks most of the same varieties I was planning on growing, and pick up some tomatoes and peppers to make up for what was struck the hardest.
Pretty upsetting given that I was trying to start seeds for two others, had invested in a better setup than any year prior, and yet have the worst results of any year. Shows what a delicate balance this whole thing can be!
Finally made two cold frames for the beds. The whole idea of switching to ‘modular’ 3’x3′ beds was to better allow moving things like netting, cold frames, shade cloth, etc between the various beds. These two are made from rigid plastic used for green houses on the sides, and are sized to allow re-use of the former cold house windows on top. They are just set loosely on the bed, and the window loosely on that.
Wheat has germinated! A bunch of little grass-like shoots have come up, so the anti-bird net can go away, fingers crossed it grows up big and strong!
Turned over one bed of winter rye to make room for cauliflower and broccoli planting. Had a lot of trouble with bolting last year, trying direct seed earlier this year to see if any difference.
Also noticed that a majority of the asparagus crowns have shot up new shoots by now. I should have kept a better record of how many there were when I separated and replanted them a few weeks back to see how successful. Judging by the number now visible, working well! This will be their second summer, so possibly a few harvests, but next year will be the real payoff.