Jul 6, 2010
The past few days' observations & notes!
The lower temps of last week let me get out and get my beds weeded, planted and just inspect the plants in general. Just some photos of what's growing out there right now along with some notes for future reference:
Bush Baby Watermelon
(notes: compact, pretty vine growing well in container boxes, decent yield, no visible bug damage!)
(this was a sickly half dead nursery plant 1 month ago about 4 inches high - I planted near the compost pile and seems to enjoy the full sun and intense heat we have had)
"Hale's Best" Cantelope - I don't know anything about this, never grown melons before! It looks close to being done. (Growing well in a container, not bothered by bugs, not a "messy plant" at all!) See vining habit in below photo:
Another shot of "Hale's Best" Cantelope - this was an afterthought, I tucked a few free seeds into a box of marigolds, the cantelope vine is really well behaved, grows fine in container in intense heat, although the roots are definitely shaded by the marigolds, this little bit of vine has 5 cantelopes on it right now, all appear to be about 1-2 weeks apart in maturity, so: perfect!
Note to self: please exercise a little more self control with the peppers next year! There are easily over 200 peppers in this one bed at this moment from different varieties. In here are Jalapeno Gigante, Fish Hot, Yellow Stuffers and Quadrato d'Asti Rosso. I am terrified about the day that will come soon where I will actually have to start harvesting and figuring out what to do with them!
My first time dealing with blossom end rot - congrats to me, huh? I even used "the spray" religiously but I have always heard that stuff doesn't work. Since these 2 I haven't had any more, but now I can add this little tidbit under my experience belt!
Lovely garden spider in my potatoes. This is the time of year they start covering my tomatoes with their beautiful colors and webs, my little guardians!
Speaking of things that need guarding, my Polish UFO's are approaching State Fair entry sizes and showing no signs of ripening still. Compare these babies to my hand and you can start to tell how large they are getting - and there is 8 like this on there! What's amusing is the fact that I can barely get my hand into the tomato cage my hubby built - I think I am going to have to cut access holes all over it since the cage is 5 ft tall! I have searched and searched on heirloom tomato types given the characteristics I was told from the old lady who gave me the seeds, but I still am no closer to having a name for this variety. I may have to name it myself! We'll wait until we can see the final product and a taste review and then we will have a "name that tomato!" idea post!
After seeing the above pic, it doesn't do the tomato justice! I just ran outside and took another photo for size reference:
This is a 10 oz "full size" Orange Wellington I am holding next to the Polish UFO's!
Sorry for the loud video, it's a necessary part of my hurricane prepping around here, looks like we are going to have an active year. Hubby has trouble getting video via email, but is able to see it on the blog!