by A.J. Coltrane
Previous post here. July 11, 2014 post here. July 14, 2013 post here.
Some of the lower (south-facing) leaves of the tomato plants are fried-looking from the intense June sun. It’s been (thankfully) a little bit cooler the last few days. An overview:
The basil got a super thorough haircut this week. I made a point to “open it up”, trimming out some of the larger leaves and “excess” growth in the interior:
The yield was one pound of leaves. This is about half of it:
We’re still well ahead of last year. Lots of things are ripening. The first Sun Golds:
The Lemon cucumbers are sharing a box with two varieties of pickling cucumbers. The Lemon cucumbers are easily more prolific:
The tomatillos. People often mistake these for an ornamental — tomatillos aren’t mainstream:
This “Yellow Bell Pepper” is the one plant that we purchased at the Master Gardener Plant Sale. There are a whole bunch of little fruits:
The west facing Iko Iko peppers. The white stuff is diatomaceous earth. It’s intended to discourage bugs:
The east facing Iko Iko:
Totally different… I’m not sure what to think.
The biggest King of the North:
Below is the first pepper that the bugs have ruined this year. I cut it open, and nothing was inside. I’m guessing earwigs or stinkbugs, or… If anyone could tell me what what’s causing it I’d really appreciate it:
Marketmore 76 cucumbers:
The Tromboncino. I think we’ll need to harvest the big ones to see new growth. As it is, they’re basically only making male flowers:
Still no powdery mildew, so that’s nice.
What I’ll call the first “real” caprese of the year. It’s our basil with store-bought everything else. The garlic-cilantro balsamic is by Eleven Olives. They’re local. Highly recommended: