Do you ever worry when things are too good? ( I sure do.... actually I'm a chronic worrier so that's my normal state.) Case in point.... Here's a picture of my several of my veggie beds.
Yellow squash and zucchini.
16 tomato plants and 8 eggplants.
Cucumbers, bell peppers, and bush beans.
Yes they look wonderful. No signs of disease and not a bug within sight. So what's the problem? Well that is my problem - they look too good. The growth is incredible for this time of year. Everything has blossoms and small fruit - I've harvested lots of spring veggies and the summer veggies aren't too far off from picking. I've got tons of tomatoes - actually some are quite large, and even a sizable green bell pepper is about 1 week away from harvesting (which never happens this early in the season for me in New England). And, I'm not even spraying (organically of course). The only real problem I've had is that my squash got top heavy because of their growth and snapped off at the base (and believe it or not this isn't from vine borers - I checked - just weight!). And.... I took the snapped off top piece of the vine and buried in the soil and 'lo and behold.... the darn thing survived and took root! I never would have guessed it.... you have no idea how many times I've tried to do that in the past after many battles with vine borers in order to save my squash crop and I've never had luck with it. *sigh*
Reflecting on what may be different this year I can't come up with much except incredibly warm weather early in the season and just the right amount of rain. The soil may be slightly more improved, but I've done nothing drastically different. It just goes to show you that when it comes to gardening Mother Nature really is in control. We can try to tame her and nourish her along, but when push comes to shove the best soil, preventative measures, and praying are no comparison to plain ole really good weather (which is incredibly rare in New England).
Beets...lots of them poking through soil. It won't be long now 'til harvesting them.
Fingerling potatoes growing in 3 containers.
Well I hope this post has jinxed it all. I'm sure those evil little vine borers are ready to hatch, the leaf loopers hiding beneath the cabbage leaves, and the chipmunks ready to pounce as the southern breeze carries month-long rainy weather filled with blight just waiting to wreak havoc on my picturesque raised bed! UGGHH... maybe it's time for a tranquilizer! Darn gorgeous garden!
it's time to plant onions!
8 hours ago