Somehow I carelessly missed about a half dozen overgrown zucchini. Since it is early in the season and the weather is still wet, I hoped that they would not be seedy and that I could freeze them. Yes, that is how it worked out.
I had put black several gallon nursery buckets sideways under the enormous zucchini plants that are spreading over the sides of my raised beds. These zucchini were hard to tell apart from the black pots in the shadows under the leaves. By the time I realized they were Read more [...]
In one of my raised beds, I have some squash plants - both summer yellow and zucchini - that are turning yellow. In the neighboring bed some of the late planted squash appears to be stunted. This is affecting the older leaves first. The edges turn yellow and the leaf surface is splotched with yellow areas. (This year I am growing some of my summer squash - both yellow and zucchini - in tomato cages to see if I can get a better control over the plants that would otherwise sprawl all over.)
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Finally, the squash and cucumbers are starting to come in.
The round zucchini is a hybrid 8 Ball. I think that the 2 zucchini on the left side are Elite Hybrid - I picked the small one a few days too early. The pepper is a sweet banana and the 3 cucumbers are either Twilley Tasty Green hybrid or Japanese Long Heriloom -
I am picking the onions that I find. I waited too long and some of the tops have already dried up. If I miss some onions, they will re-sprout in the fall. Some of these Read more [...]
These hybrid 8 Ball Zucchini plants grow fast and strong, but they put out female blossoms first!? I have had 4 female blossoms so far, but not a single male cucurbit blossom to pollinate them with. Since I'm not saving seed, ANY male cucurbit blossom would have worked - squash, cucumber or melon.
What a waste. I decided last season that I didn't plan to buy anymore 8 Ball seeds because they could be hard to harvest. Often, the round fruit would form on the bottom of the plant stem so Read more [...]
This part of Texas is usually hot and dry during the summer. This past week we had a very unusual event: 7 days of rain. Every day we had some rain. Some days we had over 2 inches and other days we had an eighth or a quarter inch of rain. The total rain for the week was a bit over 6 inches. You might think this is a good thing. Not so - we had rain every day. Along with high humidity, we had very little sunshine to dry the leaves off. I went out to the garden a few Read more [...]
This spring, with the new garden not being finished on time, I planted my crops at least a month late, and some plants, like this zucchini, were planted weeks later. The zucchini that I planted 'only' a month late grew into very large, healthy plants. This even later zuch, along with all the yellow summer squash that I planted even later, never fully grew. Interestingly, all of these super-late squash were stunted. This 8 Ball did grow big enough to produce at least one fruit. Look Read more [...]
This is the middle walkway between the 2 long rows of raised beds. The beds are 5 feet wide and 16 feet long - to accommodate the 16' cattle panels. I planned to plant climbing plants - mostly beans, squash and cucumbers - under the cattle panels on both sides of the bed and plant other things along the outer 2 feet of each long side. I planted these squash so that they could grow down into the 4' aisle between the beds. In the very front, left you can see a long vine growing along the outside Read more [...]
Because of out move, the entire garden was put in a month late. This has resulted in several issues. Some of the plants didn't mature enough before the heat - and some plants are actually stunted. I didn't get enough production out of the plants before the heat and drought hit. You can see the powdery mildew on these leaves. This zucchini is a Grey Zucchini - an heirloom that is one of my favorite zucchinis.
This is an overview of a row of Patty Pan summer squash. The plants are strong Read more [...]
Everyday I am able to pick several zucchini, yellow squash and 3 or 4 cucumbers. The peppers are slowly coming along – I really hope that they finally start to produce before the first freeze this fall. The sweet banana peppers are the most productive so far. Gotta do better next spring.
This year I grew 4 varieties of zucchini. The long, dark green zuch by the ruler is a hybrid Obsidian from Twilley Seeds, as is the long zuch on the right side of the pic. The round zuch is an 8 Ball, also from Twilley. My favorite zuchs are the Cocozilla heirloom - it is the long, crook necked striped zuch in the middle and the Grey zuch, the spotted one at the bottom, right above the yellow squash. The yellow squash is a summer crookneck. I didn't pay attention to what plant I harvested Read more [...]