It was a scary proposition and he did step on a few plants but he did a good job as helper. Of course, he loves dirt so we had to bath him twice when the water became so dirty and there was a nice ring around the tub to scrub down afterward.
My potatoes (fingerlings and adirondack blue) do not appear to be doing well at all. They have almost completely died back in the last two weeks. I don't know if this is because of the hard rain we got a while back that caused some instability and erosion or what. These were once very full plants.
Some of the soil has eroded away so much that I can actually see a blue potato. Will these potatoes keep? Should I dig what I can out or leave 'em? I'm not sure what to do. For now, I filled dirt on top of the exposed potato but the plants are on death's door.
I'm having a similar issue with our shallots. Where I planted one shallot, I now have 5 or 6 but the soil has eroded a bit around it. They look full size to me and the plants around them have started to die back.
On a positive note, we have our first pepper. This is a New Mexican Big Jim. I'm hoping I can make some green chili chicken enchiladas with them.
The eggplants are flowering! Mind you, I thought these were going to die and do nothing a while back so this is a delightful development.
We also have some acorn squash! Yum! We ate our first winter squash (the delicata variety, the acorn is not ready) Sunday night. They were surprisingly good. I thought they would lack flavor being so early but they were great.
Our pumpkin plant is recovering nicely from my ruthless attack upon it a few weeks ago.
Well, I suppose that's about all for this week's Monday Garden Update. Be sure to check out Feet Off the Table's Monday Garden Club for more garden fun around the blogosphere!