Some Excitement after a Lull

So this went a little while without being updated, mostly because we were just doing a lot of weeding for awhile… and no one wants to read a blog post about everyones least favorite garden chore! We did demolish a ton of weeds though, look what we got done on our workday this past Thursday:

The weeds in the back of the plot got a little out of hand as we focused on planting the front part of our garden. We piled up these giant weeds and showed them who’s taking back control.

However after this hot and sunny weekend we saw many of our summer crops get really excited, particularly our zucchini. We have zucchini, squash, and sunflowers thriving down in our lower “magic” plot on the southern tip of Forbes College. We recently added some chili peppers and baby corn to keep these plants company down there. This plot gets lots of strong sunlight and the plants love it down there. The zucchini and squash have grown to be tremendous and are bearing lots of fruit! Today was the first day we were able to harvest these big guys.

Our extra big zucchini plants alongside one of our sunflowers

A zucchini begging to be picked!

Product of the first zucchini harvest, ready for your summer barbeque

Some of our research has informed us that eggplants love warm climate, and this weekend certainly proved that. Late last week we noticed a pretty, light purple flower from one of our eggplants:

The promise of a future eggplant

And then Monday morning we discovered this flower had developed into the start of a promising baby eggplant!

Excited for the delicious eggplant this will soon be!

We were initially concerned when we saw some of our potato plants having brown, crispy edges. Though we checked the potatoes underneath and discovered that they’ve nearly finished producing mature potatoes, much earlier than we expected. A few of the plants have started flowering, which is generally a sign of maturity. Potato plants will often “die back” towards the end of their life cycle, but from our research we’ve found it’s important to keep them in the ground until the plant fully dies, so the potatoes can benefit from the last of the plants’ photosynthetic potential.

We also have some cucumber plants that are growing tall and bearing beautiful yellow flowers!

Cucumber plants showing off their bright yellow blossoms

However, not all of this weeks news is good news. We’ve recently found that much of our tomatoes bottom leaves are turning yellow with brown spots. These are signs of a soil fungus, which is one of two conditions that are commonly known as “early blight” or “septoria”. Both are closely related fungii so we can treat our tomatoes appropriately despite not knowing exactly which is plaguing the tomatoes. To prevent further spread we have been removing infected foliage and ensuring that we only water the plant from the base, rather than the top down. Thankfully, this is only affecting the bottom leaves of the plant and not the tomatoes themselves, so as of now we still are in for a healthy tomato harvest!

One of the sad branches on a cherry tomato plant

That’s all for now – keep your eyes peeled for another workday in the next week!

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