So, yesterday was the 6-week mark for the garden. I haven’t been able to harvest anything yet, but the green beans are pretty close. Ironically, those were started from seeds, so they got an even later start than the rest of the plants. I thought I’d do a picture comparison for the 6-weeks progress. There has been quite a lot of growth but nothing to pick yet. With it being mid-July, I am starting to worry there won’t be much to harvest unless I greenhouse the beds to prolong the growing season. We’ll see how the next 3 weeks go.
One section of cucumbers is doing really well. They’re vining wonderfully, and as of yesterday, there were lots of blooms. I’ve seen quite a few blooms on these in the past few weeks, but I have yet to see one cucumber form. Hopefully this current set of blooms will produce something. I see insects on the blooms often, so I know they’re being pollinated.
The other section of cucumbers isn’t doing as well. I don’t know why. I don’t know if it’s not in the sun as long or if water flow is different. I lost one cucumber plant on June 24th, and the others are slow-growing compared to the other side.
I’ve had some issues with powdery mildew on the cucumber leaves. I used 1 tsp of baking soda in about 5 1/2 cups of water to spray the leaves about 2 weeks ago, and that seemed to help. But as of yesterday, some of the powdery mildew is back. I’ll need to spray again today or tomorrow.
The 3 okra plants have made some progress. Here they are when first planted.
And here they are now. No blooms just yet.
I’m having trouble with tiny black aphids with the okra plants, and I’ve sprayed twice now with insecticidal soap, which seems to have helped a lot. I think the ants are actually helping also, as they get on the okra plants and eat the aphids.
Here’s the herb garden progress. I’ve used the chives a few times now for my creamy corn recipe.
The cantaloupe have grown a lot (except for one), and I’ve seen quite a few blooms over the past 3 weeks. However, no cantaloupe are forming just yet.
The early girl tomato plants have grown to a HUGE size with both of them surpassing the height of the tomato cages!
They have a few tomatoes growing, and it’s putting out a lot more blooms for future tomatoes. They just need to hurry up and grow!
The Rutgers tomato plant I got from my dad was SUPER SLOW growing. At first, I wasn’t sure if it would even make it. I wish I’d gotten a before picture a little further away so you could see how small it was to know just how much progress it’s actually made as of yesterday. No blooms yet.
The beefsteak tomato plant has grown a lot as well, and it’s finally putting out blooms.
The flat Italian green beans have by far shown the most progress. They were started from seeds, so there’s really no need for a “before” picture. Here they are yesterday. It’s almost time to pick some green beans!
The watermelon plants have really taken off and have started blooming in the past two days.
The banana peppers are growing nicely as well.
There are also a couple of jalapeno peppers.
The green bell pepper plants are finally gaining some height. I’m also having trouble with the peppers falling off before they even get the size of your fingertip. I’m pretty disappointed in the bell pepper production so far.
The green pepper below in the picture fell off later yesterday evening, and there was a tiny hole from an insect that had gotten into it.
The red bell peppers are falling off before they really get a chance to grow also. One pepper got the size of a golf ball a while back, but it sat that way for a week or two before I finally cut it off and tossed it. I don’t know what’s going on with the pepper plants. I did mix in some eggshell into the dirt when I planted them, but I’ve heard that is supposed to help them.
And the yellow bell peppers are finally making progress. This plant didn’t do much of anything until about 2-3 days ago. It’s finally starting to grow and put out little pods for peppers. Let’s hope they actually grow! I was beginning to worry this plant wouldn’t do anything.
And the mint is on the way out for the summer. At least I know it will all come back next year, so I won’t be digging parts of it up like I did early this year.