A green bell pepper hanging out in the straw bale.
A new green bell pepper in the garden...the race is on!
A couple weeks ago, I went through and put a new kind of fertilizer on all my straw bales. Since then, I think my plants have turned the corner. They are greener, the leaves are not curled, and no spots have returned (I pinched off all the icky leaves before). There is a real, noticeable difference now. They're still not HUGE by any means, but at least they are showing growth and good color again.
The cucumber on the left is at least 3 weeks younger than the cucumber on the right, even though they are nearly the same size. See how the one on the right is a pale green, while the one on the left is a nice dark green? When I transplanted my second set of cucumbers, I dug holes large and deep into the straw bales. I poured in the fertilizer, then added potting soil. It's not organic, but I think it will be ok. This has made a huge difference in how the 3 new cucumber plants are growing. I think they'll actually make something of themselves. ;)
There's my rogue pumpkin growing out the back of the garden. It is covered with blossoms. I told it we only need one pumpkin...but it is trying. It occasionally sends a tendril towards the middle, but I'm always right there to push it out of the bed.
See my tiny okra growing! The plants aren't very big, so I was surprised to see okra growing on them already.
I love the flowers so much that I'm threatening to only grow flowers next year. Ha! I have asked Mitch if we can build another bed instead of using straw bales, and he said yes.