Harvests have pretty much slown down this week because of the heat. It's just gotten too oppressive for things to flower and pollinate successfully. Heat seems to make the eggplant incredibly spongy, so my hopes now are to keep those plants alive for the next two months and maybe they'll start flowering again when it cools off in September. Zucchini is coming to an end as I rip out about a plant every other day or so because of SVB damage. The tomatoes aren't putting out many new flowers, but those that are there are ripening fast, which is nice. I'm taking a couple of Cherokee Purple tomatoes to my parent's house with me today. I hope they'll like them as much as I do. They're more of true tomato lovers than I am, so this should be a real treat for them.
The real odd factor comes in with the cucumbers. Last year I had over 40 pounds of cucumbers by this point and I've not yet gotten a cucumber that's not woppy. I can only guess it's the heat of this June in comparison to last. I've been dwelling on how to approach the garden now. Here in GA, I can get almost two rounds of summer crops in if I put some in the ground in July, but it also limits my fall crops. I need to decide what to baby in order to keep producing, where to cut my losses, what to replant and what space to save for the fall. Ah, decisions, decisions. Here are some pictures of this week's harvests. The girl was in here a minute ago demanding why there were pickles in her basket. I instructed her that they were not pickles and if you leave your basket in the living room it's fair game. Not pictured are four zucchini, two tomatoes, two squash and a cucumber.
Happy harvesting everyone and make sure to stop by Daphne's to see what everyone else is up to this week.
May 20, 2013 - Granny Junior
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