First, it rained for days and days and days. Then, the rain stopped, to be followed by temperature in the low 100s! 101, 102, day after day. So, I wasn't out in the garden much, except to water at dusk.
A few plants suffered from the heat, but others seemed to love it.
While Oregon Spring is the largest and healthiest plant, it's Big Beef who is producing a tremendous number of fruits.
|Big Beef - July 5|
|Sungold - July 5|
|Cherokee Purple - July 5|
|Chocolate Cherry - July 5|
|Tumbler - July 5|
COMPOST PILE MYSTERY:
Unless there are several different plants growing in my compost pile, I have volunteer acorn squash. The only other choices are cucumbers or pumpkins, and this little plant looks more like an acorn squash. I did buy and cook up a bunch of them to freeze and use as pumpkin.
|Acorn Squash (?) - July 5|
|What was a compost heap is now a squash garden! - July 5|
I got a few tomatoes out of the compost heap too. One is tiny, in a Topsy Turvy, the other in the recycled gate bed near "Tom." It looks to be a cherry of some sort. Another has potato leaves, like a Brandywine. There is also garlic I pulled out of the asparagus bed ready to blossom! It's fun to see what survives composting!
|Compost Heap Volunteer Tomato - July 5|
SQUASH, GOURDS, and PUMPKINS:
The turban gourds, mixed decorative mini gourds (my saved seeds from last year), and miniature pumpkins look good so far. One has started to climb the wire trellis on the fence. I put a few Cinderella pumpkin seeds in an unused storage container and they too are growing well. No sign of squash bugs yet, I'll keep my fingers crossed!
|Turban Gourd - 7-5|
|Cinderella Pumpkins - 7-5|