Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Growing Challenge: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright frustrating

One Green Generation's Growing Challenge update: click on the link to read updates from 150 other garden bloggers! In my garden, the veggies are really representing. I've got the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright frustrating. This pictorial tour begins with the good...

Lots of Hillbilly tomatoes growing. That's one beautiful hierloom if I do say so myself.

A Thai pepper plant producing loads of peppers.

In the foreground below, a little army of light green edamame plants, Georgia Jet sweet potatoes vining out, and behind that, a little strawberry patch planted this spring, sending out runners.

The sweet potatoes - you can't see the pretty purple blooms hidden under some of the leaves.

Moving on to the bad. I have no idea what's going on with this tomato below. It has always been squat, short, and most of its leaves are tight. It's producing flowers, but no fruit. It is either a Cherokee purple, hillbilly, or hierloom beefsteak (you always think you'll remember...).

Now we go to the ugly. I have been picking on my tomatillo all season,but it's just so hulking, branches akimbo, and just sloppy. Lots of fruit growing in their perfect papery husks though.

This below is just downright frustrating. The butternut squash plants are all but dead, leaving only 4 once-perfect squash behind - that is until some animal decided to dig in.

Until next time...

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I am up in the night, not sleeping well. The bottom part of your blog has been on my desktop since yesterday, and I can't remember now how I got there, if I have commented on different posts, if you have commented on mine, if I saw your comment on someone elses' or what. I had to comment here, because I have problems with critters eating bites that look like that in my tomatoes and one of my summer squashes. I think it's mostly birds, but squirrels, too. I have some acorn squashes looking nice and pretty. I was hoping the critters would leave them alone. Now, I'm wondering how I can protect them. I wonder what would happen if I used some pepper spray that I bought but don't know if I've ever actually used.

    Your back yard project in another post looks awesome!


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