Hello again, everyone! I’m getting bad at this whole check-the-blog-weekly thing, mostly because my brother’s closing date approaches, and we’ve had to do some preemptive work on his house to get his mortgage bank to stop being poop-faces. But that’s an entirely different issue!
Just after my last post, I got some more spinach/lettuce started in rockwool. Only three of them (of the 12 I seeded) germinated as of today. I was all excited when those did germinate, as I was anticipating another large lettuce yield in a few weeks. Not. Almost as soon as I put them in the TG, the lettuces got all wilted and died. Not from lack of water; I performed surgery on entrenched root masses to make sure the seedlings would get plenty of water (which was less than fun, let me tell you). I think it was due to massive heat – we’ve hit the 100s here a couple of times that I know of, and Florida humidity is almost always fairly oppressive. I’m still holding out hope that the other seeds will germinate, but at this point, I’m not expecting it.
On the other hand, our tomatoes are freaking out. The cherry tomatoes are looking more cherry sized, and they’re delicious. We’ve had one beefsteak tomato ripen, but it’s pretty pathetic in size. I’m pretty sure that’s due to me constantly ripping the roots out of the reservoir. It was still tasty, though!
My dad took over ripping the roots out of the reservoir one week, and went a little overboard, so our pea plant is looking pretty sad. It stopped producing, and one of the major stalks died. We’ve also had issues with wind damage (thank you TS Andrea). A few of the tomato stalks have kinked over, as did some of the pea stalks and one of the marigold plants. My mom is pushing for basically a reset; rip out everything but the tomatoes, and start over. Based on how the lettuces did, I’m not entirely sure that’s a good idea.
As for the bugs, they are definitely caterpillars of some kind. They’re mostly attacking the cucumber leaves and the un-ripe tomatoes. I’m going to find some organic caterpillar killer (it rhymes!) and douse the little suckers. I’ll let you know how that works.
Until next time, ladies and gentlemen! Which might be a while… My brother closes on his house next week, and we’ve got a lot of work to put into it before it’s habitable by our standards… But anyway. Until then, happy gardening!