Chinna Salem Its been nearly a week since I have been out to my plot. Last time I was there, I found several spots of late blight on my potatoes. I was expecting the worst today. I haven’t been out to the garden because of the constant rain this past week.
I suppose the garden looked better than I expected. Here’s a list:
– Fava beans look great, lots of tiny pods forming.
– Corn is nearly waist high and looks great.
– The pumpkins are starting to vine, maybe 3 feet long now. Not bad.
– Melon plants are still tiny 🙁
– Lots of lettuce, but its quickly bolting. I don’t see much new slug/snail damage.
– Basil is just sitting there, tiny plants, same with peppers 🙁
– Not much going on with the summer squash. I had lots by now last year. Only a few blossoms so far and small plants.
– The garlic is starting to die back.
– Celeriac and parsnips are growing slowly.
– One tiny sweet potato plants is getting a couple of leaves.
– I’m impressed with the onions I grew from seed this year. They look great. No bulbs yet, but looks like they’ll bulb soon.
– Beets look great: red, pink and white ones.
– Radish look good but are terrible inside. The three I pulled were mealy and fibrous inside with some worm damage.
– Potatoes are fading, especially the early varieties, Norland and red gold. The Russets and Green Mountain look good. I cut down all of the Norland’s as its probably blight. I also cut down all volunteer potato plants from my paths.
– Saddest is the tomatoes. Terrible blight on the stems and lower leaves. I removed plants with stem blight (7 of 16 plants) and removed all affected lower leaves.
– And I did A LOT of weeding. Weeds are growing great!
Harvest: One volunteer Russet potato plant gave me a big bag full of potatoes. Also, 4 nice heads of lettuce.