Dear Gentle Reader,

Sorry that I haven’t posted in a long time.  My back has been out, again.  I have been spending a lot of time on the heating pad and doing physical therapy, so, I haven’t been able to do much in the garden. 

However, every few days I have been able to get out for a few minutes to harvest the zucchini and cherry tomatoes.  They are doing well.  The Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes are going nuts!  And they don’t seem to have a speck of disease .  I will definitely grow these again.  The Al Kufa tomatoes are finally starting to ripen up.  But it turns out that they are rather small tomatoes that tend to crack, though they aren’t getting blossom end rot or mildew.  I think that next year I would prefer to grow a beefsteak type of tomato instead.  The Amish paste tomatoes aren’t doing well at all, possibly because they are in the self-watering containers.  These have only 1 ft3 of dirt, and I just don’t think it is enough for them, even though they are determinant tomatoes.  But I had to take one out for wilt and blossom end rot several weeks ago, and the other two plants aren’t looking too good.  I have one Matt’s Wild Cherry tomato in one of the SWCs, and while it is much better than the Amish Pastes, it isn’t doing nearly as well as the ones in the dirt.

I harvested the Mexican Sour Gherkins, and they are good, but you would need an entire garden of them to get enough to pickle.  It seems that the plants produce only once, and that’s it.  The H-19 cukes are doing well, lots of flowers, but still no fruit.  Don’t know what that’s about.

The okra is doing well, finally starting to flower.  We’ll see if 5 plants is enough.

I harvested one container of potatoes.  They are fine, but there weren’t very many and most are Tiny.  I have seen on other blogs that potatoes seem to grow much better when they are in the ground, not a container (like the grow bags I used).

And the corn is a disaster.  It has been blown down by the wind so many times that I am going to have to pull it out. 

After this year, I think that to get a decent amount of anything, I need to plant a lot more of each plant.  And to do that, I have the wrong type of garden.  Instead of a few raised beds, I think I want to convert my garden to one very large bed with paths, sort of like very long 3- or 4-foot wide mounded up beds, with mulch walk-ways between them.  Hopefully, the beds would be at least 25-feet long.  And next year, I think I need to be a little more simple about the crops I select.  I have wanted to try all kinds of things, which all seem to be failing.  I need to pick five to eight crops and focus on those, so that I get good at them, and then branch out from there.  Also, I will only grow smaller things in the SWCs, such as herbs or flowers.  I have grown herbs in them in the past, and they did very well.

That’s all for now.  It might be another week or so, before I post again.  I am hoping that my back will shape up very soon, so I can get back at it.

Hope you all are doing very well.