EarthBox Update — August 4, 2013

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

We’ve now harvested almost 30 pounds of assorted veg since early June. Last week was a large amount of basil:

The girl cat is not impressed.
The girl cat is not impressed.

It took a while to clean all of that basil from the stems. Here’s what the plants looked like right afterward.

Just after the pruning.
Just after the pruning.

And  this week.  The current state of the basil plants:

080413 basil

I pruned back the Brandywine tomato plant as well. The idea is that the plant take the energy and put it into the tomatoes, rather than new growth:

080413 brandwine  trimmings

Brandywines:

080413 brandywine

The Marketmore 76 cucumbers:

Bursting out everywhere.
Bursting out everywhere.

The lemon cucumbers. I think they’re ready when they turn deep yellow:

080413 lemon cucumber

The patty pans don’t seem to be happy. They’re dropping semi-mature fruit and the leaves continue to get more yellow. There are still some fruits growing to full size though. I don’t know what’s up:

080413 patty pan

The regular zucchini are doing great. They’re completely ignoring the cage. Fine. No cage next year.

080413 zucchini

Tequila (sweet) peppers:

Vaguely out of focus.
Vaguely out of focus.

Lipstick (sweet) peppers:

Lipsticks on the left. Tequila on the right.
Lipsticks on the left. Tequila on the right.

Marigolds love the Earthboxes. Bugs hate Marigolds. Everybody wins, except the bugs:

080413 marigolds 1

And again:

080413 marigolds 2

And again:

080413 marigolds 3

Glacier tomato:

It's a different grouping that's ripe this week.
It’s a different grouping that’s ripe this week.

Directly the left of that is the Stupice:

These are sandwiched in the back middle, competing for space with the Sun Golds . It'll be interesting to see how well they ripen.
These are sandwiched in the back middle, competing for space with the Sun Golds . It’ll be interesting to see how well they ripen.

The Siletz:

They're starting to change color a little bit.
They’re starting to change color a little bit.

The Sun Golds:

080413 sun gold

I’m holding the camera over my head, pointing it up towards the 2nd story. Those are the Sun Gold vines. Look closely and you’ll see the other cat:

080413 sun gold and cat

 

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