Here we are in June and I feel rather despondent. Even my inbuilt tenacity is beginning to wane. Why?, my pigging vegetables just won’t grow! My motto has always been “If at first you don’t succeed try and try again“. Yes, I’m trying
Maybe the problems stem from the fact I am close to the sea so we experience high humidity and salt winds. I just don’t know.
However, I remain optimistic despite my current “Veggie Disasters”
Yes, I will have a bumper crop of zucchini, squash, garlic etc if I persist.
My solitary cucumber struggles to grow. What a strange shape and it’s so prickly!
My lettuce has run away and is now over two feet tall! I wonder if I can save the seeds?
The garlic I’d been carefully nurturing since the end of last year has also given up. The leaves have died off and as I removed the earth round the garlic heads to see how they were progressing I realised they have not fully formed. I wonder if I left them would they continue to grow or will they just rot?
Zucchini start off well – there are no shortage of flowers. There are plenty of bees since planting lavender and herbs close by – so pollination is not the problem.
They grow so big and then start to rot.
I was also looking forward to eating home-grown squash, but seems they have also fallen victim to the dreaded mold. They also seem a little soft when squeezed – is this normal?
Unfortunately, it’s taken me several weeks to track down the product, but I am pleased to say I have finally identified Hydrogen Peroxide in Portugal (I hope) as – “Água Oxigenada” and at just 39cents for 500ml a bargain!. I assume 10 volumes means 10% so I will need to dilute before spraying the plants to get rid of the mold. I assume as you can also clean your teeth with it that it is not poisonous when diluted correctly. Never assume! I am always nervous when I am unable to understand the instructions!
On a positive note my strawberries are growing well and are absolutely delicious. Cherry Tomatoes are just beginning to go red, as are the chilli peppers. Spring onions are growing (slowly) and the red cabbage – well we will see if we get to eat them before the bugs. The Rhubarb is still thriving (for now) in a large pot. I have one orange pepper two lemons, several jalapeno seedlings and a partridge in a pear tree.
Please share your successes and failures and/or any further gardening advice other than not to quit my day job and become a gardener
I could do with cheering up!