The garden is finally feeling the effects of the incessent heat and humidity. Everything has stopped growing and stopped flowering. We usually don't get to that point until July, but this June has been brutal with no relief in sight. Last June was mild and I was swimming in cucumbers. This June, cucumbers don't seem to be getting polinated correctly. Even the beans are protesting.
The only veggie out producing itself thus far has been the zucchini, but even that is crying foul and has decided to tap out. I came home yesterday and noticed squash vine borer damage. It was only a matter of time. I'm starting to have a different opinion about SVBs. They may not be so bad after all as they allow the zucchini to make a graceful garden exit.
When I pulled up the first one it snapped right at the soil line. Good thing it came out as it wouldn't produce any more anyway. This second one still has some fruit on it, so I'll let it be for awhile. There's one squash plant with damage, too. The rest of the zucchini is almost ready to come out as well. It's still putting out female flowers, but they wither before they open. I think they're just done. They've done a good job and I'm not disapointed at all. As a matter of fact, when I pull them out, I may just be able to plant some more summer crops as we've still got until October or November for a frost. Hmmmm....I may just do that.
With every sad note, there's a positive one on the horizon. Look what I picked last night:
Yup. That's my first Cherokee Purple and my first ever tomato I grew from seed, myself. Thank you Dan!! We had it for dinner tonight with yellow pear tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and a store bought avocado for company in the mother of all salads . Actually, it wasn't a large salad, but it's one that my mother makes and I generally equate it with her. It was fantabulous. I can't believe how deep the flavor of the Cherokee Purple is in comparison to a general tomato. What a treat. I've got one more ripening now. Very exciting and almost makes up for the SVB damage.
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.