Container Garden Update — July 10, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.  July 12, 2015 post here.  July 11, 2014 post here.  July 14, 2013 post here.

More wet. More clouds. It’s been an overcast spring and summer. In comparison to 2015 we’re waaaay behind, and I doubt we’ll catch up.

Though taken in isolation we’re doing ok.

The overview photo:

Tomatoes on the left, basil on the right, peppers in the center.
Front:  Tomatoes on the left, basil on the right, peppers in the center.

Standing near the leftmost pepper box:

160710 second overview

The basil looks better at this point this year:

160710 basil

The cucumbers are not digging the rain:

160710 cucumber

The tomatillos have grown to the top of the 6′ trellis. I ran some extra string around the outside to support flopping branches:

160710 tomatillo

The tomatillo fruits are huge this year. I’m going to guess it’s because we’re growing a different variety — “Verde”. I’d much rather process fewer, larger fruits instead of a zillion tiny ones. For size reference — the net squares are 8″ x 8″:

160710 tomatillo closeup

None of the tomatoes are remotely close to ripe. The Oregon Spring are leading the pack, as usual:

160710 oregon spring

Which are sharing a box with the Taxi:

160710 taxi

The Tigerella:

160710 tigerella

Yellow Pear. They’re very small:

160710 yellow pear

Paul Robeson:

160710 paul robeson

Black Krim:

160710 black krim

The salad table is limping along. The arugula all bolted despite the shade cloth. It’s gone now. What remains is the stuff that was getting crushed by the rampant growth. I’m in the process of rethinking how I’m approaching the salad table:

160710 salad table

The Lemon Cucumbers have been dragging on the ground because they can’t reach the big trellis. We wound up repurposing the pea trellis. The pea trellis is now tied to the end of the larger trellis. I feel clever:

160710 lemon cucumber


The Tromboncino are just now reaching the top of the 8′ trellis:

160710 tromboncino


Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.

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