Harvests of the early summer producers are still ongoing, but the biggest late-summer producers, the tomato plants, might not do as well this year as I would prefer. Another plant needed to be removed, but not for early blight this time; it was one of the wilt-sisters, fusarium and verticillium.
There wasn’t any remarkable yellowing of leaves yesterday morning, but the “wilt” part was fairly pronounced in spite of the 0.7″ of rain we had on Friday, so I went ahead and pulled the plant from the garden. When I sliced through the stem, the “browning” of the vascular system was readily apparent. Based on the previous history of disease in my yard, I’m calling this one verticillium wilt.
The affected plant is a Cherokee Purple. It had quite a few nice, big tomatoes on it, and I noticed this morning that the largest couple of these – still in the basket on the table in the kitchen – are starting to ripen. They won’t be as good as tomatoes that ripened on the plant, but they will be good enough!
Elsewhere in the garden, the Mexican bean beetles are making a feast out of my bush beans. This adult is doing a good job of looking like a ladybug, but she didn’t fool me! She has been dispatched to “that great bean-field in the sky.”
She was followed by several of her spiky yellow larva, including this one.
The last of the onions were finally dry enough to weigh, for adding to the June harvest total. This particular patch was wildly uneven in size. However, along with the onions already harvested, we should be able to not buy onions for awhile.
I’ve replanted the space from which these onions were pulled with trombocino squash, which, if all goes well, will start giving us some squash around the end of August. Since the zucchini are about to keel over from their current infestation with squash vine borers, we will be more than ready to welcome some new squash to the table.
We’re getting plenty of cucumbers, the popcorn is coming along nicely, the melons are forming under their vines, the pepper plants are overloaded with peppers, the next patch of bush beans is beginning to flower, and there soon will be an eggplant or two ready to eat. Regardless of how the saga of my remaining tomato plants turns out, it’s looking like a good summer in the garden.