"May Gray" is officially here in not-so-sunny Southern California. And everyone in the Ha house is suffering from a mild case of S.A.D., including the dog and the plants! Some plants do seem to be doing better than others. For instance, a few weeks ago, we realized that our zucchini was growing so out-of-control that we had to remove it from the bench and give it its own little plant stand so it couldn't block the sun for its neighbors. A single leaf is now bigger than the palm of my hand! As a reminder, this is how it looked just 20 days ago. It hasn't even started flowering/fruiting yet, but we've heard that it's practically unstoppable. Can't wait to see if our plant produces the monster zucchinis we've heard so much about!
Some not-so-good news in the tomato category. May not only brought on the gray clouds, but also a few days of rain. I know Southern California is really thirsty, so I shouldn't be complaining, but boy did the tomatoes suffer for it. Our short rain spell brought on the blight, a plant disease caused by fungus and thrives in humidity. It started with our Black Krim and spread to the Sun Golds, and then to the Ace 55. We noticed that all the lower leaves were spotting, yellowing and dying (see exhibit A below). We did our best to remove all the infected leaves (which ended up being about half of each plant!) and as you can see, they are looking quite sparse now (exhibit B). Thankfully blight does not affect the fruit and we're hoping that with the forecast for some sun in these next few days, our tomatoes will pick right up and keep growing and producing where it left off. If the blight persists, we'll have to take more drastic measures that will involve copper and baking soda.
In the thriving department are the lettuce and carrots we planted just a few weeks ago. They are loving the mild weather and settling into their true leaves. We thinned out the lettuce last week, but have yet to do so with the carrots. It's looking bushy because I think I may have dropped in far too many seeds (noob mistake!)
And finally, our strawberries are finally starting to look like real strawberries!! I think of all the plants in the garden, I am most excited for this one! So far, we have three forming berries (one for each of us) and hopefully much more on the way.