Oh dearie me!!! I got the bright idea of fertilizing through the water in my planters.....did a quick mental calculation of gallons to tablespoons of Miracle Gro and put it in the water. Bad move! I badly burnt the roots. Must seriously rethink calculations...maybe with a pencil.
I quickly watered from the top very thoroughly and flushed out the reservoirs to dilute the fertilizer. A week later I have lost all the beans, probably the cucumbers (will have to give them some time).
Bin #1 The yellow Zucchini are still struggling but have promising new growth.
Bin #2 Beans are toast. Green Zucchini looking iffy, always were, only one harvested to date. Sweet 100 tomato severely damaged but tips are reviving.
Bin #3 Heritage tomatoes, Ukrainian Purple and Black from Tula are flourishing - good old fashioned varieties are very sturdy.
Bin #4 Cucumbers looking bad, Bush Beefsteak and Primo Red tomatoes seriously damaged. I think I have helped cure the blossom end rot in these two with some crushed egg shells run through the blender. This adds Calcium.
Mind you this is today's harvest:
- Left hand vertical row is Primo Red with an example of the blossom end rot.
- Top three rows are Ukrainian Purple, only two on the left show some small blossom end rot. No calcium treatment in this bin. Very tasty almost paste like variety.
- Four examples of Black from Tula tomatoes. Ugly yes, and these are not the ugliest, but super sweet, juicy and delicious.
- Big bunch of Sweet 100 tomatoes from a plant that might not recover from its overdose. They are soooo good that they are like eating candy.
- Four Bush Beefsteak tomatoes. They do not seem to thrive in planters, they are small.
- Last hand full of salvaged beans.
DH said there was one plum left on the tree so I went to look....wonder of wonders I picked another 18 plums. They hide, and one of the most productive branches is almost on the ground. I am going to try to train it up a bit. We got a total of 29 plums in this its third year. Hum! There were only 3 last year and if I calculate a bit I get a 866% increase, therefore next year we should get 25,133.43 plums!
I have visions of Plum Jam, Plum Pudding, Plum Dumplings, preserved Plums, pickled Plums, Plum juice, and maybe even a little something for Simple Simon.....
I was going to take a picture, they were large and very plump and purple with green hints, but DH and I had desert last night and this is all that is left:
I think we even swallowed some pits!
In case you were ever wondering, this is what is under the table that I use to take the pictures:
Must dust....most embarrassing.....