We are scorched here in Central Mississippi. Daily highs have been upwards of 96F everyday for close to 2 weeks, hitting (and sometimes exceeding) the 100F mark on June 23, 24, 26, 27, and 28. And not a drop of rain. It is definitely summer.
Veggie Garden Update
Better Boy tomato: I've got 5 tomatoes, but none are quite ready yet.
Big Mama plum tomato: Not a single tomato yet!
Black Pearl cherry tomato: 3 or 4 fruits, but none are ready yet.
Eight Ball zucchini: We harvested 3 before the squash vine borers ate the entire plant. Ginger, mine look as bad as yours!
Golden Crookneck squash: We harvested 5 before the squash vine borers got the whole plant. It is a shriveled mess. I plan to pull them up this weekend and start over with new seeds. Any suggestions on the second round? I've read that I should cover them with row covers until the flowers form. Does that work?
Honey Bun cantaloupe: So far so good! Two healthy vines. Will the squash vine borers demolish this vine, too? I have some Organocide that I can apply to these. Maybe I should go ahead and give them a preventative spray.
Jolly Green cucumbers: climbing right on up the trellis!
Lemon cucumber: This cucumber plant was a passalong from Ginger. I'm really excited about it! I sampled a few lemon cukes at the farmers' market last summer and they were excellent.
Burpee's Tenderpod bush bean: 2 to 4 leaves on these little guys.
Not too bad! But as always, I'm scheming ways to fit in more raised beds. Ha! I would love to grow watermelons and purple hull peas. We'll see!
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