Dude, my poor garden.
Okay, granted, it's hotter than a furnace outside, and I really wasn't anticipating things lasting that long in the muggy heat, but oh. It's still so sad to see plants I babied from seeds finally succumbing to bugs and heat.
Now, my tomatoes...I'm proud of them. Since the stupid HOME DEPOT BONNIE BELL CRAP TOMATOES (CAN YOU TELL THIS MAKES ME MAD?) gave all my lovely little organic heirloom tomatoes BLIGHT, I'm really surprised at how much they ended up producing. The little sweet 100 tomatoes were delish, and that plant is still making a bunch. But they don't last long because I don't have a good watering system and the first time we get a big rain they all split.
My green beans were champions, I ate my own weight in green beans the last few months and it was really rewarding to get to go out and reap some stuff every day. They were doing awesome until last week, when they all collectively dropped dead.
The carrots were disgusting. They tasted like soap. ??? That was weird.
The pumpkins all ended up being those pointless little decorative white ones. If only this were October, I'd be more into taking care of them. But it's not so I've sort of let the vines do their own thing.
My sweet potatoes are the biggest bummer to me. They took over the whole bed just like I planned. I fertilized them with bone meal to encourage root growth (i.e., so they would make potatoes instead of just vines) and when I fished around in the soil yesterday to get an idea of what was going on down there you know what I found?
I know this was my first experimental attempt at gardening, and I did anticipate some disasters and failures, but those potatoes really chap my hide. Everything I've read suggests that sweet potatoes thrive here, and yet all I've got are a bunch of lousy vines--bug eaten vines that look like someone shot them with a shotgun.
Oh well. In the next few weeks I'm going to start solarizing my soil, building new beds, and starting some seeds for the fall. The only way you can go is forward, right? Right.
At least my basil and marigolds seem to enjoy the heat.