Saturday, June 14, 2014

Coincidence or Environmental Influence?

The first bloom on each of my tomato plants is a double bloom which will result in a fused fruit.  I rarely get a double bloom but now I have plenty.  The secondary blooms are all singles.

The Absinthe Plant

Blue Beauty

Barlow Jap

This is what I mean by a fused fruit.
June is a peaceful time in a vegetable garden.  All the hard work has been done.  The weather is still fairly mild and the plants are lush and full of promise.  The insect either haven't arrived yet or haven't had enough time to do catastrophic damage.   None of the big harvests are breathing down your neck demanding to be picked, cooked, shared or preserved.  June is the deep breath before the plunge.

The potatoes have never looked better.  Not a bit of blight or flea beetle damage.
They are just beginning to bloom.
The edge of the Black Bean Forest.

Over two weeks of vigorous thinning has not made much of a dent in the lush rows of leaf lettuce.
I've picked between 3 and 5 pounds each week.   Cool weather is helping to keep them from bolting early.

Last year my Burpee Iceberg lettuce never formed heads.
This Crispino head lettuce  from Johnny's seeds is just beginning to.

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