August 2, 2011

Gardening 101: Garden Update Weeks 9-10

Although we had a setback with the Zucchini and Root Rot as well as the tomato debacle, I think we are on the mend!
Despite this 100+ degree STL heat these past 2 weeks, our cantaloupes are coming along nicely, the banana peppers are going crazy (I'll be pickling them so stay tuned for a recipe!).  I actually froze some more basil too!  My flavorburst peppers are growing yet sad due to the extreme heat!  
Cantaloupe

Flavorburst Peppers

Tomatoes



Tomato Inquiry...
Brief question… any ideas on how to keep the birds off of my tomatoes?? 
I’ve tried aluminum foil to no avail… they actually went around it! I thought the shiny/reflective nature of the foil would scare them, but apparently not.  I’m thinking I should just pick the tomatoes as soon as I see them turning and let them finish in the house…  In addition, the leaves on the bottom half (moving towards the top of the plant) of my tomato trees have turned brown... any thoughts?  I've pulled some of the leaves (you can probably see in the pic above), but I'm wondering if it is due to the extreme heat or something else? I'll be keeping my eye on them...


6 comments:

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Alicia C. said...

Beautiful Melons! (That just sounds weird, doesn't it?! LOL) I don't know enough about tomatoes to be much help... do you think that maybe putting mesh bags (like from when you buy onions or oranges) over them would protect them?

(Oh, and it turned out that the problem you has with your zucchini is the same one I had with my pumpkins. They didn't pull through, but I know better for next year!)

wacki04@TheKing'sCourt IV said...

Thanks Alicia, lol! My co-worker actually may have the solution (stay tuned, it's another post!).

Too bad your pumpkin didn't make it :( My zucchini plant has tripled in size and has nice flowers yet still nothing to harvest... I'm thinking it's due to the EXTREME 100+ degree weather we've been having the past few weeks!

Turning the Clock Back said...

I have lost almost all my zucchini now to the root rot issue too. I managed to get about 6 or 8 zucchini this year, the first year I have gotten ANY and I have been planting them for 3 years!

I have tons of tomatoes. Pick before they turn completely and ripen on the window. You can net your vines but it is alot of work!

I am jealous of you cantelope!

bigguysmama said...

We have bird netting at work. People buy that stuff like it's going out of style. My garden is going the opposite way of yours. I can't even call it a garden anymore. =(

~Mimi

2 Kids and a Coupon said...

I'm impressed. I can't grow anything!