Sunday, September 4, 2011

These cukes didn't last long. Having a struggle with aphids and mildew. Most of the lower leaves had to be removed because of those issues.
Some Amish Paste Tomatoes, hanging in there after I got rid of the bed next to them that were covered in spider mites. I've been spraying with Neem oil, EACH LEAF at a time! 
This one below, is the Russian Black Plum Paste Tom, which is the one behind the fig tree, has been doing great! Still producing a ton of tomatoes. These seeds are a keeper for sure!

Yay! Bitter melon is actually fruiting in time. We didn't think we'd have enough warmth, but so far next week is supposed to be in the high 90's again. I think we're in for a HOT Indian Summer here.
The eggplants are looking a little tired. The leaves don't seem to grow much even with manure.
The peppers are growing taller for sure...

However, upon closer inspection, you see the disease creeping in. Does anyone know what's wrong with these leaves? Wrinkly and never seems to open up all the way.
Sunchokes are growing up, we'll see if they will produce enough tubers though. We planted them out so late.
Pretty Garlic Chives with Blue Basil accenting them.
Okra is starting to look a bit worn out.
Guess what this is! It looks a little like baby Okra leaves, but it's Cotton! I'm trying to see if we can grow some cotton balls to replace TP, if needed. Cotton balls are always useful no matter what. I like that you can get cotton AND collect more seeds for the future. I wonder if I could make cotton seed oil if I had enough...(just dreaming)
Corn among the Burdock and Garlic Chives
The Edible Canna has really sprung, it's about 6'+ right now.
Time for some new Thyme! I'm trying to root the old branches by burying part of it and holding it down with a rock. The old stock is looking pretty shabby.
Mango, Rhubarb and pelargoniums
Kumamoto Mandarins starting to get fatter
Navel Oranges, so far the navel end is not as bad as last year. We get white mealy bugs in the belly buttons of these oranges and they are edible but, not gift-able.
Here are the garden beds in the back portion. Lemon grass is obscuring the Okra and Sweet Potato bed, but you can see the onion and carrot bed.
The Luffa is growing, but the female blossoms are turning yellow, can you see the little yellow thing in the center of this pic? It's among mums so the leaves don't look like Luffa.
Our White Guava is not a heavy producer this year due to the harsh pruning we gave it last winter. There's enough for the family, but not much to share. Normally, we have Guava coming out of our ears!

Today, I'll be putting in a little more cucumbers as the other cucumbers are already starting to fade due to aphids and mildew. Here are the melons actually,
These are the Japanese cucumbers
These are the "Double Yield" variety
I plan on transplanting them here where the kidney-beans are growing and now starting to fade
Flowers are a respit to the soul. I just wanted to share this cute pelargonium. My mom is a pelargonium clepto. She'll find one that she doesn't have and snags them during her walks around the neighborhood.

1 comment:

Anne said...

LOL.. geranium nabbing yay! Go Mom go!! Many don't know you can root them very easily. It's fun. :)

Always a battle with the bugs. One I hope you are getting the upper hand on.. I hope.

I have a spray bottle where I have a baking soda and water combo to treat for powdery mildew. I learned the importance of labeling my sprayers... after a few mishaps lol.

Amazing garden as always. Productive and beautiful.. a wonderful combination.

The peppers.. that symptom.. could be several things. It could as well relate to the eggplant. Leaf cupping. If you have a local extension office.. you may want to think about taking it there to have them check.