Container Garden Update — July 26, 2015

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.  July 27, 2014 post here.  July 28, 2013 post here.

We think we may have “figured something out” with the Tromboncino. I’ll share that first, then some harvest pictures, then everything else.

Last week a Tromboncino vine looked like this:

150719 tromboncino

The smaller of the two fruits withered over the next few days. I removed it midweek.

By Sunday the “winner” had grown to 28 inches(!)

150726 tromboncino1

It seems that each Tromboncino vine sends out two or three fruits at the same time, but can only really feed one fruit. The others just wither away. With that in mind, here are the next two candidates:

150726 tromboncino2

If within the next few days one starts to look sickly I’ll remove it. Maybe it’s possible for us to have two “winners” on one vine… as of right now, I’m not so sure that’s the case.

Onto the harvest pictures — Our total for the week was 16 pounds, including 3.7 pounds of zucchini, 1.7 pounds of pickling cucumbers, 4.9 pounds of Marketmore cucumbers, 4.9 pounds of Lemon cucumbers, some basil, and a few tomatoes.


150722 harvest


150723 harvest

Sunday. That’s the same zucchini as pictured above, with a smattering of Sweet Million and Sun Gold tomatoes. And an Iko Iko pepper that had a little bad spot on it so I pulled it:

150726 harvest

An overview. Note the ballistic basil on the far right:

150726 overview

Cucumbers (foreground), tomatillos (midground), and zucchini (rear). Also a bunch of energetic tomato vines. For reference, the tomatillo trellis is 6′ tall. The zucchini trellis is 8′:

150726 cucumber, tomatillo, tromboncino

Carmen peppers. The plants have been super vigorous:

150726 carmen

Sweet Millions:

150726 sweet million

The first Tigerellas are almost ready:


150726 tigerella

It rained today. Everything is a little more photogenic when wearing a few water droplets, I think.

2013 total weight to date:  24.6 pounds

2014 total weight to date:  22.3 pounds

2015 total weight to date:  56.4 pounds

More Progress!


Visit Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday.

3 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — July 26, 2015

  1. That is a lot of cucumbers. I’m only growing half the amount as last year. I hope I get enough to satisfy my pickling needs. Probably. But I figured I don’t need another 60 pounds of them in a month. That is way too many to eat or can.


  2. Yeah, we have two boxes of cucumbers this year. We may cut it back to one next year. It *is* a lot of cucumbers.


  3. Your garden is doing amazingly well & I love the tromboncino squash! I was going to grow Carmen peppers this year, but I didn’t end up with any in the ground…can’t recall off the top of my head what the story was – most likely lack of germination.


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