Although the perennials are doing well, as I write this, the vegetables seem lackluster to me. I am impatient for vegetable bounty to adorn my table and my stomach, but I am still waiting. The tiny zucchini still appears to be growing, and so do the tomatoes, but nothing, alas nothing, is edible except a few paltry ‘Sungold’ cherry tomatoes. Those I ate while hoeing. Carol, you’d be proud.
Do you discern from my writing that I’ve been reading Regency novels? Nothing could be more true. I just finished And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily Mysteries, Book 1). It was fun, but back to veggie talk.
Mary Ann, I took your advice on the diatomaceous earth. It seems to have stopped the damage. I also dusted the two tomato plants which had the most hornworm damage with Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis. I haven’t seen any hornworms since. I didn’t dust the other plants which were unaffected.
I now remember why I like bush beans better than pole beans. Every year, in the garden magazines, I see these charming tripods covered with beautiful bean vines. This year, I fell for their charm and ordered only pole beans. However, for some reason, in Oklahoma, the pole beans are not productive. They grow and grow with very few blossoms. I now remember that I had this problem one other season when I grew them. Perhaps, it’s the heat discouraging them from setting pods. Bush beans grow quickly and bear the same way. Disgusted, I planted some bush beans this week, ‘Top Crop’. We’ll see how they do.
Last night, on the 4th of July, we received 3/4 of an inch of rain. It never rains in Oklahoma on the 4th. The cold front that came through was sorely needed.
Carol, I’ve heard a rumor that you bought some daylilies. I am ecstatic.