by A.J. Coltrane
Previous week here.
The Bibb finally bolted. Four plants produced almost exactly two pounds of leaves — right around 20 servings. The Bibb wasn’t transplanted until late April, which was way too late, so I’m ok with that yield.
The tomatillos are now almost six feet tall. The shorter of the two has a fruit about the size of a ping pong ball, pictured below.
The peppers haven’t been digging the rain, I don’t think. At least two of the fruits have extensive black on them, which I’m guessing is some sort of rot. One of the plants is struggling with wilted and blackened leaves. Not good. It may be that the least resistant of the ten varieties are struggling — hopefully everything else can shrug it off.
The pics, starting with an overview:
Cocozelle zucchini blossoms have started blooming in the last week:
The basil. It’s doing well and providing some fresh pesto. Success with basil is what really sold the additional Earthboxes:
Tomatillo and tomatoes:
The first tomatillo. These are supposed to drop out of the husk when ready. A net may be in order:
Happy sweet pepper number one, lipstick:
Happy sweet pepper number two, gourmet:
Finally, these bugs are everywhere now. They’re called Leafhoppers. They’re neat looking, but they suck the life out of many of the plants. (Photo from fineartamerica.com) There are only two types of bugs that hang out in plants. The bugs that eat the plants, and the bugs that eat the bugs that eat the plants. I have yet to see any predatory bugs, but I’ve seen plenty of the plant eaters: