Early Girl Tomatoes: the tomato plants have been croaking, slowly but surely. There were still a dozen or so green tomatoes of all sizes left on the plants, but we decided to pull the plants to make room for fall planting. I understand that green tomatoes picked at their full size will most likely ripen red. Do immature green tomatoes picked before they reach their final size still ripen eventually? I guess we’ll find out.
Cucumbers: the bottom half of the vines look like they are completely dead - brown and brittle. However, the top half are still green, and putting on more growth and cucumbers. We decided to let them live for another week.
Carrots: the Indiana carrots were a total bust this year, very much unlike their girthy California cousins. Or are they siblings, if the seeds all came from the same seed envelope? Anyway, we pulled all the carrots from our square foot gardening beds, except for one square that we left alone to see if they would get bigger with more time.
Onions: these onions from sets never really sized up properly. We also discovered that one onion (from a bag of 100 yellow onion sets) was actually a red onion.
Green beans: our late-spring planting of green beans squeezed out their last harvest about two weeks ago. We attempted successive plantings of bush beans, but the later plantings of bean plants just got eaten up alive by the cucumber beetles and other evil vegetable-eating bugs, and the new leaves just couldn't grow properly without turning completely hole-y from bug damage. I gave up and pulled all the remaining bean plants to make room for fall vegetables.
Zucchini: I started out with three zucchini plants this year. 100% germination rate from three seeds, so I thought I was off to a good start. All three plants grew well and fast. Then came powdery mildew. Long story short, I ended up with one zucchini the whole season. Ugh.
That’s pretty much it for all our spring/summer vegetables. The only plants still left growing outside are herbs (basil, sage, garlic chives, thyme and oregano), some green onions and our experimental plants in five-gallon buckets:
- SUPERmarket cantaloupe: grown from seeds from a generic supermarket cantaloupe
- Jelly bean tomatoes: grown from seeds started in the indoor grow box
- Cayenne peppers: grown from seeds started in the indoor grow box
- Mystery plant: we thought this was possibly a bush-type of Hale’s Best Jumbo cantaloupe, but our more experienced garden blogger friends tell us that it looks nothing like any Hale’s Best Jumbo they’ve ever grown, so now we have no idea what it is. We have now had at least two readers comment that it looks like a weed, possibly in the mallow family. I am completely baffled. Could I have been pampering a useless weed for the last two months, in a five-gallon bucket? Yikes. If you would like to take a look and tell us what you think, we would very much appreciate it! Whatever it is, I sure hope it's edible.
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