The Friday before last (sorry for the lag time) was a busy day. And POD’s hoping for a bumper crop of French fingerling potatoes, lettuce, parsley, basil, provider snap bush beans, and French hybrid melons; tomande, gold nugget, and patio princess tomatoes; and white wonder, Adam F1, and spacemaster cucumbers.
It’s been a good year, and despite the late-season arrival of whiteflies, earthquakes, hurricanes (we’re not talking about the toddler variety, here, but rather the other, even more devastating type), floods, and mildews, Plants on Deck endured. And endured well, actually.
It shames this gardener to admit it, but nearly a dozen White Wonder cucumbers got composted after slowing deflating in the crisper into a gushy goo and a half dozen others are still withering away in the office fridge (come on, colleagues, eat up!). Over 40 cucumbers, all told, were harvested from a single vine. And, despite early reports of a dry, squashy texture and flavor, later-season fruits weren’t too bad.
And it was with great delight that over 15 pounds of tomatoes were plucked. Fret not, none of those went to waste. They weren’t the prettiest girls at the party (as you can see above), but we’re firm believers here at POD that it’s what’s under the pock-marked skin that matters. And these particular ladies were pretty dreamy in this simple, no-frills sauce.
As you can see (to the left), the soil-afflicted Tomande and the Sweetheart of the Patio have bit the dust. One of the two Gold Nuggets became a feast for the white flies, leaving one heat- and storm-battered Tomande and the Patio Princess and remaining Gold Nugget valiantly fighting off white fly attacks of their own. Next year, come July, white fly traps really have to make an appearance to help out the beleaguered and overwhelmed marigolds.
Still, you’ll hear no complaints here. This has been a great summer for POD and with any luck, those vacated pots will be seeded with peas, chard and lettuce before the weekend is out.
The cucumbers are still pouring in — at last count: Spacemaster: 14, Adam F1: 13 (RIP), White Wonder: 32. That’s not a typo, people. Nearly nine pounds of tomatoes and counting! Not to mention 20 adorable (and strangely hot) little poblanos, gobs of basil, herbs, chard, and two delightful C. Borealis melons.
Squirrels? They suck, but they’ve sucked much less this year than usual. See that tomato on the railing (squint, you’ll see it, top right)? You’d think the least the greedy SOB could do is finish the thing.
Strangely, and happily, it’s been a good year for plants on deck. (Strangely because POD is rarely a happy garden, it seems.)
The cucumbers are still pouring in — at last count: Spacemaster: 8, Adam F1: 13 (RIP), White Wonder: 18
And today? Today? We’re up to four pounds of tomatoes and counting! Not to mention 15 adorable little poblanos, gobs of basil, and great handfuls of green beans.
Plants on Deck — June
In case you were wondering what’s on deck:
- Genovese basil (2)
- Gold Nugget cherry tomatoes and Scarlet Nantes carrots
- lettuce (Black Krim and Ashley), cilantro, and parsley
- Des Bagnols (4 French filet bush beans) surrounded by lettuce and Scarlet Nantes carrots
- purple bean with lettuce
- Blauhide pole beans surrounded by lettuce
- True Lemon cucumber with Swiss chard and lettuce
- Black Brandywine tomato and lettuce (added 5/23)
- Isis Candy cherry tomato with oregano
- Minnesota Midget muskmelon with lettuce
- Charentais muskmelon with lettuce and an orange cosmo
- Thai bird chili
- poblano pepper
- Boothby Blonde cucumber with Swiss chard
- pepper cress, tarragon, thyme, chives and orange cosmo