The pumpkin plants never saw it coming.
So, I ripped them out and put them in the compost bin. I replaced them with some big but more reasonably sized winter squash which we do love to eat and store really well. I did leave one lone pumpkin but if it so much as touches my pepper plants consider it gone too. We will try to find another spot separated from the garden for the pumpkins next year. So, it's sad but it had to be done. Sorry pumpkins!
On a lighter note, we had our first *RIPE* grape tomato!! I ate it right off the vine this week.
The first red tomato of the season.Our green beans started flowering a couple weeks ago and we have itty bitty green beans on the plants. I'm so psyched
My eggplants appear to be recovering from those nasty flea beetles. Flea beetles are black bugs about the size of a pin needles that love to munch on eggplant and potatoes. They jump like fleas when disturbed and they are a b*tch to kill.
Last, but not least we have purple cauliflower! I did not edit these photos. They are crazy fuchsia colored. It's a variety called 'Graffitti' that I picked up last year from Territorial Seed. Apparently they retain their color when cooked so I can't wait to try them!
The cauliflowers are not quite ready for harvest but should be soon. They are about the size of baseballs now. I don't want to jinx myself, so maybe this is it? I honestly didn't think it would happen at all this year. I have read that the best way to get cauliflower in the mid-atlantic region is to do a fall harvest because the season gets too hot, too quickly here and the heads fail to develop due to heat stress. We have been experiencing temps consistently in the 90s for a while now so it is definitely less than ideal for the cauliflower. We may just have squeaked by thanks to our extra early transplant date. It also helps that the part of the garden I put them in gets dappled shade in the afternoon. I've also been watering it in the morning to help keep them cool. So far, it looks like the measures we've taken have been working out. **Crossing fingers**
In a week or two I will sow the fall crop of cauliflower. I'm going to do an experiment and grow half via direct sow and half indoors and transplant them. For fall, I chose a traditional white with a short maturity date. Unfortunately we ran out of the purple cauliflower seeds from Territorial with this third attempt at growing it. I couldn't find any purple cauliflower seeds locally and the shipping cost on one pack of seeds from online companies are ridiculous especially if you are going to get just one little pack (try 5 bucks). So, traditional white is what we'll grow this fall. Maybe next year we'll try the Graffiti again.