Photo below - Here's one of the butternut squash plants that needs some water. When the leaves get all droopy like this, the plant is protecting itself by minimizing the surface area that is exposed to sunlight. Although not good to repeatedly let them get this way, it definitely indicated that it needs some water. I gave it a good watering after this photo was taken.
Photo below - check out this miniature corn.....It's not a miniature variety, but is trying to produce ears at only 1 foot tall. The reason? Apparently when corn germinates, it's kinda got an internal clock for reaching maturity. These plants experienced some excessive watering during the abundance of rainfall a while back, which kept them from growing much. Before it could recover well, time apparently ran out. So, it's producing ears. I don't know if they'll be ok, but I still hand - pollinated them from other plants' tassels. Hey, i'll take all the harvest I can get! I don't care how short the plants are...heh.
Photo below - More and more stalks are producing 2 ears, as seen in the picture. There must be at least 4-5 plants out there that are this way. Nice! Looks like we'll be enjoying fresh sweet corn over several weeks, because these plants are at least 2-3 weeks behind the others. These particular ones are growing in the largest box - just for reference....I'm pretty sure they're "Kandy Korn" variety....
Photo below - A current picture of the sweet potatoes shows that they are quickly getting out of control. That's alright, I just keep forcing the vines toward the center of each container - kinda piling them up if you will. You'll notice some new plants in the container on the left - those were runners that were rooted from the other plants, and have to be watered pretty often until they become well established. Spectracide is sprayed on them weekly to deter harmful insects, and they are watered very deeply at least once per week.
In other news, the blackberries are beginning to ripen. Me and Jude went out to the patch and she ate about 5 or 6 - the little stinker....She sure does like going out there each year...We will probably pick a few, but there's still 5 gallons in the freezer from last year that need to be used. Perhaps a blackberry jam post is soon to happen...hmm....
Take care, and happy gardening!