It’s June! summer has arrived and it’s almost time for many of us to harvest our first squash, beans and tomatoes (I’ll admit to being a little jealous of our friends in zones 9 and 10 who started harvesting weeks ago)
Like Jaco I am also waiting for some cool weather crops to head up to make room for more stuff. Right now the cool weather stuff is still taking up half my balcony. I guess I can just pull the collards and kale and just eat whats grown from the cabbage (that looks like it's finally starting to form a head), but the broccoli and Brussels sprouts have yet to do their true due diligence. Hopefully it will be this month!
The warm weather stuff I have out is scrunched up on the other side of the balcony. I have 4 varieties of peppers (which are all blooming) that I'm trying to keep as far as part as I can so they won't cross pollinate by having roma tomatoes, cucumber (Spacemaster), basil, peppermint and the strawberry tower separating them. Speaking of strawberries, pulled my first 3 yesterday. They were small but soooo sweet!
I'm starting all the vining plants over from seed (cantaloupe, watermelon, marketmore cukes, butternut squash) because I apparently started them too early before... they started flowering while they were still inside under grow lights and barely 6 inches tall.. and then they got too lanky and unhealthy looking. One reason I need the pull up the cool weather crops.. so I can make room for them. I need to get trellises for them because I don't want them sprawling all over my balcony floor :-)
I'm in Richmond VA until Tuesday for work... when I left home yesterday my Spacemaster cuke plant was loaded with female flowers.... I did my best to hand pollinate them so hopefully when I get back I will have some growing cucumbers!