Several days ago, I started transplanting the first of the many seedlings we started weeks ago — which had grown into some lovely little starter plants. I have to admit that the whiteflies are still a bit problematic and not 100% gone, but we’ve had a lot of rain lately that washed away all the neem oil I put on them, so I hope that having them a bit more isolated will help to get these pests under control.
Because we’re moving, I decided to pass many of the plants on to my inlaws, who I know will treat them beautifully. And since we’ll be out of our house before the squash melons and so forth actually start producing anything worthwhile, it seemed like the best alternative. Lucky for us, we happen to be heading to their place today (and I’m actually writing this from their house already) so in the next few days, the rest of the plants will head into the ground.
So what have we planted?
For starters, eggplants (Adria and Black Beauty). We’ve got two plants in spots with lots of afternoon sun, because last year they seemed to love that. So hopefully they’ll appreciate it again. But we do usually have to hand-pollinate them.
Cucmbers! Lemon, Gynial, Picklebush and one other variety that I can’t remember at the moment. I found out that we should be able to fit two cucumber plants per square foot, so that’s what we’re trying this year in our containers by the IBC tank. We train the cucumbers up the side of the tank, where it’s nice and warm, and they have done quite nice in the past.
Peppers are also in the ground. Many of the needs didn’t come up, or just didn’t deal well with the transition to the outside world (some dried out and others just got sickly), so we had a limited number of plants to put in the ground. But there are several jalapenos, a serrano and even a few bell peppers — and one of the bell peppers I actually remembered to isolate so that they don’t cross pollinate and become super spicy too! Hopefully they’ll be looking much happier by the time we get home…they were looking rather pekid before we left today. But the weather here is supposed to cool off a bit and rain is on its way, so at least they shouldn’t dry out before we get back home.
And the tomatoes I planted earlier are coming along well, so hopefully the new transplants will also adapt well. I’m also looking forward to seeing how things go with the square foot layout and the tomatoes. Ours have gotten so bushy in the past that I think we’ll really have to watch out about them touching and spreading any diseases or pests to each other.
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