2000 Garden Diary
I can't say enough good things about this month. Aside from it being the best June ever weather-wise (temps in the low 80s, good amount of rain, low humidity), the garden has just blossomed! We aren't doing much now except for general maintenance. Every day we both look for flowers on the squash that may be rotting & causing our veggies to rot as well. Every two weeks or so I'm borrowing my neighbor's tiller & going between the rows, trying to control weeds. We have fertilized the tomatoes with 10-10-10 and lime & put up cages in which they can grow. Other than that, it's just been a matter of going outside to see what can be picked and eaten! At this point, we are done with our lettuce, spinach, and sugar snap peas, but are hoping to get more in the late summer/early fall. Everything else is coming in nicely. Within the next few weeks we're expecting tomatoes, carrots, more squash, bell peppers, hot peppers, and sweet peppers, as well as both varieties of cucumber that we planted. Corn is growing nicely as is the watermelon and cantaloupe. We'll see what happens with those in August. Eggplant is also slow to develop, but it's early yet, so we'll see.
Well, we seem to have escaped the hot drought plagued weather that we've seen in recent years. In fact, I don't know of a more pleasant non-summer like month (with the exception of June). Temperatures have been about 10 degrees below normal, which is to say that it's in the lower 80's mostly. We've had some good sunny weather, especially when we were out of town on vacation the week of the 17th. However, this week (the 24th) it has been raining every day and has been exceptionally cool (low 70s). On a fun note, we came home from our week's vacation to find two enormous 16" squash waiting for us! I'll get a picture up soon. The downside to all this weather is that things are not ripening as quickly as usual. Tomatoes are ready...almost. I think that a week of good sun will provide everything that they need to finish up. We are currently battling a gray mold on our squash plants. It has already killed all of our cucumbers while we were away & is spreading. I've cut out the infected leaves & hope that the plants will recover. The real bummer is that these leaves can't be used in our compost either - a total waste!