32°C / 90°F
Now that I’m working again, it’s been really tough to take care of the garden – oh, and it’s been one of the hottest summers on record, which hasn’t helped things. Ah well. Better luck next year.
The news in bullet-point form:
- the Ambassador Zucchini plants, which were an afterthought of mine and behaved accordingly, never even flowering, have succumbed to powdery mildew. Seems early for that. Hmm.
- the Patio Tomatoes have done really well, though none of them have stayed at only twenty inches. A few of them grew so tall that they were pressing agains the top of my critter cage. I moved one as an experiment and though it’s tall and strong, it hasn’t flowered. So don’t believe the 20" hype on those. I will say that they’ve produced beautifully, quite a few tiny tasty fruits.
- the Tumbling Toms have had a tough time of it but have produced fairly well despite my inconsistent watering.
- it has been a great year for herbs – everything has done really, really well except for my rosemary, which has struggled all summer, and I can’t figure out why. But everything else has been fantastic. And the garlic chives are budding and flowering up a storm – nine different flower shoots at the moment!
- the beans are doing alright. No beans yet, but the leaves are a beautiful cover for an otherwise boring rental home fence.
So it’s a mixed bag. I may have to re-think my gardening strategy now that I’m in the 8 to 5 game. It may mean teaching my fiance how to garden, which is fine, but at the moment, he’s always afraid he’s going to kill the plants somehow. Let me tell you something – if they can survive a summer like this, with the unending and interminable heat accompanied by loads of hot wind, along with very little rain and inconsistent human attention, they can survive anything he might do to them.
I know it’s a bit late in the game for Zone 5, but I’ll be prepping the winter garden soon. I’m planning to have mostly kale and spinach this year, as we weren’t too keen on eating all the lamb’s lettuce I planted last year. But kale and spinach we can eat until the cows come home, have a nap and leave again.