I can’t believe we’re already 3 months in on this container garden. I was looking back at some earlier pictures in this series and I am amazed at how well it’s gone. Equally amazed that we are harvesting so much! Heat, humidity, bugs and a forgotten watering took a toll on the container garden this last week. But we’re still picking fresh vegetables!
Sweet Potatoes – (White barrels center picture above) Love growing the vines upwards! I think next year I will put the plastic fence netting up sooner and across the top of the greenhouse frame to give them more room to grow.
Tomatoes in Buckets – (Left picture above) So far so good. I finally decided not to make wire cages. I am going to do the Florida Weave. It’s pretty simple to do, but I need to round up a few T-Posts.
Zucchini & Squash – The Squash Bugs are pretty persistent. Still lots of eggs and bugs, but I’m still in control. For now anyway.
Beans – Torn about pulling them out, because they are still producing. If I was smart, I would have been practicing succession planting by starting a new container every two weeks all summer, so that when the next container was producing, I could pull the plants out of the oldest container. Maybe next year.
Minnesota Midget Cantaloupes – I picked a few melons this week. I love the small ones, because I am the only one that likes cantaloupe at my house. Just means more for me!
Both Jalapenos and Pablanos are loaded! Picked a bunch of jalapenos, and still have plenty of small ones on the plants. Pablanos weren’t big enough to harvest many.
Tomatoes & Cucumbers
Pitiful, pitiful, pitiful! The cucumbers are definitely on their last leg. Tomatoes are still holding on by a thread. Found a few bag worms on one of the tomato plants this morning. I don’t want to pull the plants until the ones in the Greenhouse Area start producing, but I may need to rethink that.
Squash & Cherry Tomatoes
One problem I have noticed with growing summer squashes upright, is that there is a problem with airflow around the plants.
I am having a little problem with Powdery Mildew. Just have to remember to guide the leaves through the cage to keep them separated a little.
The yellow cherry tomato plant, while not abundant, is producing quite a few clusters of cherry tomatoes.
Lots of bell peppers! They are like the perfect child and always do well for me with little problems. The only problem I do have with bell peppers is that I can’t leave them on the plants to turn red, because there is some kind of bug that likes them as much as I do. I’ll have to look into how to prevent that.
I want to be an “herb person” and as much as I love seeing the different leaf shapes and smelling the different fragrances, they just aren’t a priority for me at this time. Maybe when I finish up the in-ground bed for them, I will feel different.
I do dry some for cooking, but I rarely use fresh herbs. Mainly because I forget.
This Week’s Harvest
Some of the Pablano peppers turned red when sitting on the counter. I picked 6 mini cantaloupes this week. Three of them got pretty ripe before I cut them up, but they were still firm and delicious! I cut them up in bite size pieces and put in a container in the fridge. By the way, the mini cantaloupes are an Heirloom variety, so the seeds can be saved for the next year.