Last weekend was not much for gardening. I went away on Saturday and Sunday was far too hot to be outside doing anything other than swimming or sitting in the shade reading. I did get to the garden on Monday and found some things in very good shape and others in need of attention.
There were zucchini and summer squash galore, which I’ll deliver to AFAC soon.
The watermelon and the cucumber plants seem to have a nice synergy going, though no fruits as yet. In my own garden, I have had several cucumbers already and am looking forward to more, but the outside Plot Against Hunger garden is so far watermelon and cucumber free.
In the small garden, there were passion flowers attempting a takeover. There were also some wildly overgrown tomatoes that I had not staked before. I staked. I weeded. I looked at the rabbit-nibbled pepper plants, which were recovering. I hoped for the best. In my garden, the sweet peas have executed their yearly coup, smothering all other vegetation along the fence.
The kale have had an invasion of harlequin bugs and look very sad. The okra are loving the hot wet weather.
Beans are coming on and basil is flourishing, but with a ‘nitrogen has been leached from my roots by torrential rain’ look to the leaves. Nonetheless, I’m enjoying their lovely flavor.
And the surprise, back out in the Plot Against Hunger garden, was an acorn squash. Now that I’m not ready for, in spite of the heat. I’m beginning to get a feeling that this will not be a bumper crop year, though it may still turn out okay.