I thought our garden in Kentucky went crazy one year, but it was nothing like this. Plants loooooove LA weather or soil or something. Whoever said don’t plant new plants in August should not be listened to. Our garden is growing like a boss.
The basil, two tomato plants (Champion and Beef Eater), squashes, and peppers are all going bezerk. The tomato plants are even pulling the cages–which I originally thought would be too big for the plants–over, they’re so huge. We have baby peppers and tomatoes, and we’ve already picked some beans. The onions are looking healthy, I just have figure out when to pick them (see: radishes). It’s all very exciting.
One problem: the growth trajectory of the beans and cucumbers (that are in the left hand corner up against the back wall) were starting to flatten out. I thought it might be because that ginorm, leafy, flourishing, flowering squash plant smack in the middle of the garden box was shading them from all their sun.
A little over 4 weeks ago my parents brought us another half wine barrel/planter. I planted some rainbow chard, kale, and flower seeds in it. After 4 weeks, it looked exactly like this:
Nothing. Weeks of watering and loving, no sprouts or beginnings of sprouts or anything. (The dark stuff on the soil are recently dumped coffee grounds.)
It may have been a little premature, but since our garden box was getting pretty crowded and that was some prime real estate, we decided to move the squash into the barrel.
“Is it bad to move a plant that big into a new environment? With other seeds?” I asked Paul as he casually reached down and pulled the huge squash plant from the garden box.
We ignored the fact there are probably 50 other seeds in there, dug a hole, and stuck the squash in.
Went to check on it the next day:
Hm. That’s not good. Hoping it recovers soon.