Back from vacation now, and I’m happy to say that the garden is coming along.
Most notably, my sweet potatoes took off while I was gone and the foliage has filled in nicely. We lost all of our original sweet potato plants when the tree fell, but I had 10 or so slips still sitting in a jar of water that I never found a home for, so those went in the ground the week before we left.
The flowers all look great, and one newly planted tomato plant has doubled in size while we were gone. The others grew, but not as much, and the new peppers are only a bit bigger.
On the surviving side of the garden, my trellised roma tomato plants are looking great, although I’ll echo earlier posts about blossom end rot. I’ve got more than normal this year too.
The hot weather apparently speeded up my winter squash growth too, because I’ve got my first ever pie pumpkin ripe in July! A whole bunch of butternut squash is also getting close to being ripe.
Beans are ready to pick, and the ground cherries are falling nicely and ready to gather up. The ground cherry plants and Jerusalem artichokes got HUGE in our absence. Something – some insect probably that snacked and left – demolished my remaining bush cucumber plants. The tree literally squashed the vining ones and some unknown pest took care of the bush ones, but I’ll probably plant some more bush seeds and hit the farmer’s market until they grow.
Thanks to a homemade self-watering system, our plants in containers did fine while we were away. Next Saturday’s article will be about taking care of plants while you’re on vacation, so if you have any tips that work well, please pass them along.