updates

It is May 30 and the thermometer reads 95 degrees. The sun is fully out and here’s the status of my plants.

The Amateur’s Dream tomato has 10 medium sizes tomatoes. It is by far the best tomato plant in my operation.

The Urbikany tomato has 4 medium sized tomatoes.

The Galina plants all have cherry tomatoes.

The strawberry plants all have strawberries.

Every tomato sucker I planted has rooted and all are doing quite well.

The weakest and smallest of my Black Russian tomatoes has been attacked (viciously) by spider mites and other nasties. I sprayed a hot wax pepper spray on it and that killed 99% of the attackers.

The flowers on one of my potato tubs died about 1.5 week ago.

And, by far, the best watering technique is the cloth wick system. In terms of simplicity, this technique beats all others. Today, the wick is still moist in spite of 80+ temps all week with full sun. The soil is moist but not soggy. The original wick pot dried out but that one has a very narrow cloth wick.

Of the self-watering containers, the 18 gallon totes are doing the best, followed by the 5 gallon buckets. The 4 gallon buckets are requiring water every day. In their defense, the 4 gallon buckets have the largest plants, loaded with fruit.

My onions and garlic seemed to have stopped growing.

My beans and peas are in desperate need of some kind watering solution. I am working on the D.R.I.P. system (Diminished Rate Irrigation Process).
Ok the name is supposed to be a joke but the method is as serious as a heart attack.

The peppers on the ground have refused to grow but the ones in the containers are doing ok.

Corn, squash, zuchini, melons, carrots, lettuce, sunflowers are all doing as expected.

Over and out.

P.S. It’s HOT!!!!

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