While we were out of town, a coworker came and watered my plants. In exchange, she took my CSA off of my hands. She only came over twice, so the rest of the time the plants were being watered by the bottles or in a big plastic bin, soaking up water from the bottom of their pots.
In the two weeks since my last garden update, the weather has been crazy. It was over 80 degrees every day, and two days in a row the max hit 102. We also had really strong thunderstorms. When I got back the plants looks pretty good, except the peppers were nearly flat from a strong thunderstorm. I tied them up and onward we go.
While I was gone, the water in some of the bottles took on a green tint. I haven’t seen it before. I wonder if it’s some sort of an algae? I’ve since removed the bottles and I’m leaving them off for a few days to let everything (the bottles and the plants, since the soil’s still damp from the last thunderstorm) dry out a bit.
Poppies and a Hitchhiker
Peppers, Basil, Marigolds
I also discovered two peppers with blossom-end rot. I pulled those off and ate the good parts.
At this point, the weather is so hot this season that I’ve sort of thrown up my hands. If I get fruit, great. If not, oh well. At least the garden has given me something more interesting to look at than a parking lot!
Peppers without Blossom-End Rot