Whew, it's brutal out there right now! However, the watermelons are enjoying it - as the vines continue to get longer every day. Particularly speaking, the ones growing in the swc's previously occupied by the sweet corn. It's a challenge to keep the vines from growing out into the yard, but so far is quite manageable. Fruitset has occured too, and i'll just let them go until they can't go anymore.
Photo below - here's the swp's with tomatoes, watermelon, and cucumbers growing inside. They're doing "ok", but alot has been learned from this growing cycle. Probably the most critical thing learned is with the sugar baby watermelon, as a gardener can certainly grow a single plant in a 4 gallon swp, but it really needs it's own trellis for the foliage to spread out on. More foliage means more melons, and better quality fruit, too.
Photo below - remember the massive trellis filled with cucumber vines earlier in the season? Well, it doesn't look too impressive now. The reason is because as the corn was removed in the swc's next to it - several of the vines were damaged. Yep, I got a little too rough with the whole removal process. Of the total 12 vines growing in the 34 gallon swc, 5 were killed. OOPS! However, the remaining vines are doing well, and continue to engulf the trellis again, slowly but surely. Although 12 plants worked well, i'll probably reduce future plantings to around 8 - due to the amount of foliage involved for a trellis of this particular width.
In other news, i'm a little overwhelmed with everything going on right now - especially with work, and probably won't participate in next weeks' Harvest Monday. I do good to keep everything picked and cared for in the garden, and really don't have time available for taking photos everyday.
However, I DID take a photo of a pest the other day that stopped me dead in my tracks - which you will see in a few days. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
The current batch of compost is doing well with the abundance of grass clippings available, and a core temperature of 141 degrees was measured a couple of days ago. Due to plenty of greens and warm outdoor temps, this composting cycle will be a cinch.
Other than black cherry, the tomato production has ceased for the moment. That's ok - our counter in the kitchen floweth over, and we'll be eating those for quite some time. Powdery mildew is beginning to affect the leaves on squash and cucumbers, but i'll most likely just not attempt to fight it. Afterall, we really don't need anymore for the year.
The past few nights have been spent studying for my state hvac contractor's license exam that will take place in 7 days, so any spare time has been alotted for that. With all the money invested in getting ready for it, i'd better pass - that's for sure! Personally, I feel that it's a complete ripoff - but isn't everything, when it comes to the air conditioning industry? I know so.....
Anyway, that's what has been going on around here. Take care, and happy gardening!