The Sungold tomatoes have arrived! They and lemon cucumbers are what summer is all about! If I grow nothing else (and I didn't grow much else this year) I grow those two.
|Boo, his ball, and the lemon cucumber "patch." The small tomato to the right is the blue chocolate cherry, which is flowering.|
|pineapple tomatillos - as yet untasted|
The garden enemy is a very pretty cucumber beetle. I've had the striped kind before, but not the spotted. This one is on a vervain leaf, which you can has been nibbled. I hate that I had to squash it like the bug it is.
If anyone is wondering about bush beans, pumpkins, Brandywine, or potatoes... Well, I pulled the beans, Brandywine, and pumpkins out, they were performing miserably. The entire bed seems to have insufficient nutrients. The tomatillos are there, but for all I know they should be a lot bigger! I've never grown them before. I do know the sunflowers there are stunted. The bed had the same amendments (steer manure, chicken manure, mushroom compost) as the other 4 x 8 bed, so it's not that.
Potatoes? They grew-grew-grew up and up, but so far no flowers. I dug around a bit into the straw mulch and found potato stems, long skinny stems, but didn't find a single spud. I'll wait until the leaves on top either flower or die and dump the entire thing over. I had high hopes for my first potatoes.