We are back from Florida and it is amazing how much things have grown in only five days!
I need to get some jars and get ready for some pickle-making! I was also thinking of making some sort of frozen cucumber sorbet-type thing. Peel and seed them, blend them and freeze in small cups. That would be a refreshing summer treat!
Some garden challenges have also reared their not-so-pretty heads, including: a mild bout of blossom-end rot on some of the tomatoes. This condition is usually caused by a calcium deficiency in the soil and often occurs when there is a very wet spring (followed by a not-as-wet summer) which is what we’ve had. The good news about blossom end rot is that it is not a disease (so no need to destroy the plants) and only affects SOME of the tomatoes. Since I have 25 plants, maybe my garden just knows I don’t need that many and is doing the editing for me hahaha. There are some aphids and ants on the Chinese red noodle beans (but not all of the plants). I wiped off the ones I saw. The watermelon leaves are looking wilted but the fruits look healthy. One of the patisson marbre scallop squash plants was looking pretty sad so I just pulled it (I think it was a location issue, it was near the tomatoes). And finally, I think it is RIP for the purple cauliflower. It still hasn’t set heads and at this point in the season I doubt it will so I am probably going to just pull it out to make room for some pumpkins I planted in that row. Or maybe I will just leave it and let the pumpkins grow on it since I suppose it is not hurting anything.
Cauliflower is one of the more difficult plants to grow. This is our first time trying it. I am not too disappointed with the lack of a cauliflower harvest as I’ve learned a lot about growing this high-maintenance brassica! It needs plant collars and careful cutworm monitoring plus a long stretch of mild weather (will plant very early in spring next time).