We have been having the strangest summer. Last week we turned off the air conditioning for five days straight in August. It was in the 80s and rained almost every day. This of course created all sorts of problems and some advantages. For the first time we will have a crop of tomatoes through to September and possibly longer.
That is all the good news.
Due to the lower heat and higher moisture the hot peppers are a little too mild. The okra is just confused and the watermelon refused to set any fruit for a long time. Of course the watermelon vines have taken over almost half the garden. So much for an early fall crop of spinach this year. I mean look at this photo.
That is a total of three watermelon plants and I have to keep pulling vines out of the rosemary bush. They’ve encircled the eggplant and green peppers there in the center too. If it was not for the shade from the okra I bet they would have taken over the tomatoes as well.
The problem is that although the vines are healthy, there has not been any fruit to set anywhere except for the one pictured above. Up to two days ago I didn’t even know of that one. I don’t know if it is because of the lower heat, increased rainfall or just the spirits of the garden in a bad mood scaring away the bees, but I almost pulled it all. ( Which is what I was about to do when I found the one melon.) Any hints on increasing fruit production for a watermelon plant?