Well, clearly last week I put all of my annoyances against squash bugs out there for the world to see. I think that my diligence on getting the eggs as well as the adults, well it has helped immensely. Although I am not sure that I will get any mature fruit from these winter squash plants this year. I am thinking of laying down black plastic and replacing all of my soil next year 😉 Regardless, I’m very excited to see what is happening in my garden now. For the most part, nothing is edible but, it still makes me happy to look at!
I am able to take a couple green peppers each week, and my jalapenos are getting to be a good size. I am thinking about freezing them for when it comes time to make salsa. Can you freeze whole jalapenos? Do you have to cook them first? I think that I received a bag of frozen chili peppers from my winter CSA a couple years ago, so I think it is a possibility. I would like to make sure that I use as much of my own veg as possible, it is a pride thing I think, when it comes to my salsa 🙂
My second planting of green beans seem to be coming right along. Unfortunately I don’t have as many plants as seeds that I planted, but to see those little green beans, at least something is growing! I still think that green beans are one of my favorite things to grow and preserve. It is so easy to freeze these. I know a lot of people don’t like to freeze things because of energy concerns, or the possibility of a power outage. I guess I should have some of those concerns, but as long as I can make it into the winter (which typically starts in October), I should have no problems.
I have a TON of green tomatoes on my plants right now, and that makes me so happy. What doesn’t make me as happy is the fact that I only planted 2 slicing tomato plants (brandywine). I know I had planned to go back and buy more seedlings at some point…unfortunately that did not happen, and I know that my tomato loving family is going to have a hard time with only 2 plants…especially since those two plants are seriously struggling. I think I need some sort of fertilizer. The rain has done a number on most of my plants this year.
Lastly, I have these awesome sugar baby watermelon growing. It is the first year that I have actually had fruit growing from the plant, which we plant every year. Emma has a thing for watermelon. I don’t know if it is because of the name of the plant, or if she just loves watermelon that much. So does anyone want to place a bet on whether or not these will actually produce fruit we can eat? I have to say that they have tripled in size over night, I think due to the extremely hot humid weather. Not nearly as hot as the rest of the country, but 90’s is hot in Maine!