|Futile Cucumber Attempt|
At first, things were very promising. Sure it was a big pain in the butt when we had a very cold June, one that required me to cover each and every one of my planters with plastic bags every night for a week while we went through an extraordinarily long frost. But I was sure it would be worth it.
Eventually, I was able to harvest tomatoes. They were late, but then, everyone's were. Summer wasn't acting very summery, and tomatoes need warmth and sunshine. The pepper plants need lots of heat too, but I could see the beginnings of peppers. We got some jalapenos and some nice Hungarian wax, but things began to take a turn for the worse.
|Pathetic Pepper (and a lousy photo, too)|
For starters, the tomatillos dropped all their flowers and didn't fruit. Then the tomato plants stopped...tomatoing. Blight! Two of the four varieties aren't all blighty, but they've stopped flowering. The eggplant? Still about four inches tall. Radishes? We ate the first go 'round, and they were nice. But then they just shot straight up and didn't make anything resembling a radish. I also harvested a two-inch carrot which was tasty, but the others did nothing.
We could conjecture about the soil used (different pots have different soils, though) or the lighting (I picked the "perfect" spot according to seed packet instructions and books), watering (again, I followed instructions), etc. But the bottom line is: My vegetables aren't vegetables. They are pots of dirt with twiggy things in them.
|A tomato...but no leaves|