Well, there’s good news and bad news about the garden.
I have green beans!
My nasturtiums are flowering!
I also have developing tomatoes and green peppers! And…I bought a bacterial killer for my tomatoes that targets those nasty caterpillars I complained about last time, and it seems to have worked. I’ll need to keep an eye on it, in case a new batch has hatched, but for now we’re good.
Also, this is not my part of the garden, but the bushes the owner has planted are flowering, and they smell lovely. Anyone know what kind of bushes these are? The big flowers start out white, then turn yellow before dying. The small flowers just bloom and then die.
My tomato bushes look like this:
In particular, the large heirloom tomato is suffering. Even worse, I did some googling, and I think they have fusarium wilt, which comes from the soil and is not curable. I spoke with my coworker, who told me that all the potting soil here comes with lots of nematodes, which are the cause of the wilt.
Professor google also informed me that heirloom tomatoes are especially susceptible to the wilt, which explains why the big tomato looks even worse than the cherry tomatoes. At this point, I am desperately hoping that at least a few tomatoes redden up before the bushes die altogether. This is a huge disappointment to me, as it is the first year in ten (10!) that I have even attempted to grow my own tomatoes. Hopefully I get a few before I have to start over from scratch. At least it’s still technically spring here, so I can start over with fresh soil and fresh plants if necessary.
Update: When I came home last night, I found that my heirloom tomatoes had finally bitten the dust. We had some relatively strong winds yesterday and the plant was just not strong enough to withstand the breeze. At least 2 branches with tomatoes are broken. Of course, nothing had ripened, so I plan to have fried green tomatoes for dinner tonight. Then, I'll dump the plant and dirt, sterilize the pot, and try, try again, this time with a disease-resistant variety. So goes gardening, I guess.