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Container Garden Update — August 3, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here. August 4, 2013 post here. The August 4 post includes the popular-on-Google picture “Girl Cat And Ziplocks Full Of Green Leaves”. It’s basil of course, but I’d guess it made the rounds as a picture of something other than basil. Why else would it be popular?

Onward. Here’s the veg from the last couple of days posing together:

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The zucchini in the center is 24″ long. The larger tomato is an Oregon Spring. The smaller one is a Glacier.

A picture of that center zucchini plant on the vine a few minutes earlier. Each “netting square” is 6″ x 6″:

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The cucumbers are going to out-perform everything again this year:

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The Glaciers were placed in the box with the Sun Golds specifically so that they could do their thing, then get out of the way. They’re the earliest ripening tomato this year:

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More Glaciers. I love it when theory and outcomes line up:

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Final thought. I think it’s interesting that on every plant – the tomatoes that are ripening first are almost all the ones that are in the deepest, darkest, and lowest places. I wonder if that’s where it’s warmest..

2 comments to Container Garden Update — August 3, 2014

  • I’m having an AWFUL year for cucumbers. I don’t know if it’s because (a) I started from seeds, (b) the varietal I picked (Boston Pickling) is not a great performer, or (c) the cukes are pissed off because they’re sharing the earthbox with the butternut squash. Either way, I’ve only harvested TWO of the damned things, whereas last year I had so many I had to learn how to make pickles.

    Sometimes I hate learning curves.

    k

  • A.J. Coltrane

    Well, we’ll have extras, though I don’t think they’re intended for pickling.

    I’d hazard a guess it’s some combination of a, b, and c. One reason we do transplants is that we can see how vigorous the plant appears to be.

    I think I read somewhere that cukes don’t like being put outside early in the year.. when did yours go out?

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