Both tomato plants and the jalapeño are beginning to flower. The herbs are growing well, too. The oregano is beginning to shoot up, and the cilantro is growing new leaves. Cilantro can have trouble when it is transplanted, but both seedlings took to the soil.
Today it was time to give my garden a little more attention …
I also picked the suckers from my tomato plants. Suckers are side shoots that start in the notch between the main stem and a branch. While not required, the general consensus is that it’s good to prune indeterminate tomatoes – which both of mine are. Indeterminate tomatoes grow and produce fruit all summer long (as opposed to only producing one large crop) and a plant that is investing its energy making side shoots is spending less of it making flowers and fruit.
I fertilized my plants today for the first time since I planted them. I used a fish emulsion with kelp, which my local nursery recommended. Fertilizing flummoxes me, frankly. I know it’s especially important to do in container gardens, since nutrients are only draining out of the soil. The different requirements for each plant is what gives me pause, plus I don’t want to get too heavy-handed with the fertilizer. I think that I’ve been too cautious, however, and should be fertilizing more.
While everything in the garden has been going well, the zucchini plant has been giving me the most trouble. Remember when I worried about the leaves on all my plants turning black? I concluded that the basil was just super temperature-sensitive, and the weather had gotten a little cold for its tender leaves. I was right, and the basil is
doing great now.
I also noticed browning on the edges on some of the zucchini leaves, and this problem is not going away. If anything it has gotten worse. Zucchini leaves get completely dry and brittle on an outside edge, and this keeps spreading until the entire leaf is dead.
Once again I returned to the nursery, but this time I didn’t get a clear diagnosis. The zucchini might not have enough food, or it might have a fungus. I have a fungicide that I’ll spray on the zucchini leaves, and I’ll also keep up the fertilizing. Hopefully that solves my problem. I can see tiny flower buds starting to form, and I want to successfully harvest zucchinis this summer.