My Square Foot Garden: It’s a Sad Hour.

My father-in-law would use that phrase whenever he wanted to express something happening that wasn’t a good thing. He wouldn’t pronounce it “hour”, though. It was “ARE”. And it is a sad are. He knew how to say it correctly but it seemed to be a more depressed statement being mispronounced.

Here’s the sad state of affairs in my Square Foot Garden:

Late Blight?

Many many of my tomatoes look pretty much the same way and I don’t think the plants can be rescued. From what I have read of the condition, many of the Bonnie Nursery plants were affected and have been recalled and destroyed. That doesn’t help me or mine, though. It’s uncertain if the blight originated with Bonnie or if it’s more evident because it’s the largest provider of plants. It’s very contagious but isn’t dangerous to humans. Except to my feelings and they are crushed.

Had I used a fungicide when I first set them out and used it periodically over the weeks, I probably would have been able to head it off at the pass but there’s nothing to do now except hope that I can get a few good tomatoes, at least. Thankfully, there are sources where I can buy them locally so I won’t go hungry OR tomato-less.

Now to the rest of the update. As you may recall, the water situation has been tenuous, at best so last Sunday, my neighbors finished up the Soaker Hose/Water From the Cistern Under Their House Project. In this first picture, you can see the hose that goes to the tomato/pepper box. The hose is barely visible in the left foreground. There’s a tomato that just might eventually be edible.

Healthy Tomato? and Soaker Hose

Here’s the one in the watermelon/cucumber/pepper bed.

Soaker Hose

The source hose is on a reel.

Hose Reel and Adapter

There’s a switch just inside the door to the crawl space under their house and all I have to do is pull the hose to the boxes, hook it up and flip the switch. It’s set to come out in a trickle. I have yet to use it because we have been having a LOT of rain. All my containers are full except for the ones that leak but the pump is there when I need it which is a load off my mind.

My Pink German Queens don’t seem to be as prone to disease as the other tomatoes. The one that’s ripening is the strange blossom one.

Weird Pink German Queen

I still haven’t mastered taking pictures of the peppers. This is the sharpest one I could get. Maybe practice will make perfect?

Bell Peppers

I sacrificed this cucumber for supper. They aren’t getting as big as they are supposed to but they surely are yummy! Actually, the size is better for me. I can eat two of these in a day, easy.

Cucumber for Supper

Here’s the Black Diamond watermelon I took a picture of last week.

Black Diamond Watermelon

I took another picture that approximated the size and position of last week’s picture and here they are side by side. I can’t really tell if it’s grown much or not.

Black Diamond Last Week Black Diamond Watermelon

I guess it has. My neighbor put the cardboard under it to keep it off the ground. Maybe he hasn’t been able to find any straw yet?

There’s no doubt the Crimson Sweets are growing. This one was about the size of a golf ball or a hair bigger last week and this week, it’s more like a softball.

Crimson Sweet Watermelon

I love my cucumber trellis. It’s also the best place to shop for fresh cukes.

Cucumber Trellis

Here’s another view of the cucumbers.

Supper Cucumber

These are my volunteer cherry tomatoes. I do hope they will be okay.

Tiny Tomatoes

This has been a Live and Learn period in my life. I could have done without it but I can guarantee next year will be different, hopefully better.

11 Responses to My Square Foot Garden: It’s a Sad Hour.

  1. Mike Lieberman July 17, 2009 at 9:16 am #

    Love what you are doing. Best way to learn to is to just do it and see what happens.

    Just planted a new cucumber plant myself. I’m also totally jealous of your watermelons.

  2. Cassandra July 17, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Sorry about your tomatoes, Tommie. 🙁 🙁

  3. Mary Jane July 17, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    So sorry about your tomatoes!There is a blight in SC. So far, my tomatoes are ok, although the vines don’t look healthy (except for the many volunteers! At least two of them are grape tomatoes). Otherwise, your garden is ‘way ahead of mine, as the weeds took over when I couldn’t do any work in it. Hope you don’t lose all those good ‘maters!

  4. Lila July 17, 2009 at 11:55 am #

    So sorry about the tomatoes, Tommie! In spite of that, you are learning a lot this summer, and I think having a ball doing it. More power to you!

  5. Zucchini Breath July 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    I am so sorry about your tomatoes. Ach. fungus from the nursery? There are so many things that can go wrong with plants.
    Maybe you can cut the bad parts off the green tomatoes and chop up the rest in a salsa?

  6. Tommie July 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Thanks, everyone, for the sympathy. I’m going to try something that may or may not work to stave off any more damage. We’ll have to wait and see.

    Mike, maybe you should plant a watermelon or two next year. It’s fun to see them grow. Much better than watching paint dry. 😀

    I’m enjoying the garden but it’s going to be hard if I lose the battle with the tomatoes.

    ZB, do you put green tomatoes in salsa? I did one time but I don’t know that I would like a straight green tomato salsa. 😕

  7. Kay July 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Sorry for the tomato blight!!! So many things can go wrong. Am glad that the rest of your garden is doing well!!! The cucumbers do look yummy. Nothing like having them fresh from the garden.

    Hope tomorrow will be a Happy Sabbath Day for you!



    • Tommie July 18, 2009 at 7:50 am #

      Thanks, Kay. The cucumber I picked (started to put “bought”) yesterday didn’t get et because of time constraints but it will today!

      Both of your comments came through but they have to be moderated and approved before they will post. You can “talk” to me as much as you want, though!

  8. Kay July 17, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

    Didn’t my comment go through? Anyway, I’m sorry about the tomato blight & glad you can get lots of good local ones. Also glad the rest of the garden is doing so very well!

    Have a delightful Sabbath1



  9. Monica Rivas jakka July 18, 2009 at 9:06 pm #

    Bummer about the ‘maters!

    • Tommie July 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

      Ain’t that the truth! I hate it for me and all the people I was planning to share with.

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