It's early here to do a garden eval. Additionally, I was late getting everything started Nevertheless, I've learned some things about my crop.
Better Bush Hybrid tomatoes are not my cup of tea. I still haven't figured them out. They seem to want to grow sideways instead of up and are now wider than they are tall. They are also wimps, going into a state of inactivity for three weeks after being hailed on. However, if you dig deep enough within the foliage, you'll see they are producing big and well. The plants just don't satisfy my expectations for a tomato.
The Lemon Boys have me both worried and anticipatory. They are the first tomatoes I've ever planted that seem to want to concentrate on fruit production rather than foliage. They are a short 40" tall right now, but each plant has roughly 4 dozen tiny to medium tomatoes in the works. At this time of the Wyoming year, that translates to roughly 100 tomatoes per plant by season's end. Can they sustain this production, bringing each tomato to fruition? I worry about them.
My hot cherry peppers are performing as expected. Each has roughly two dozen peppers in various stages of development. I double-mulched them a few days ago, and they are currently whining about the additional heat. I suspect I will achieve an average crop from this crew.
My Slicemaster cucumbers are happy, healthy, and making me wish I had bought more. The silly things put on all female blossoms at first. I ran to Home Depot and bought a sorry-looking bush cucumber with all male flowers to pollinate them, and I now have several cucumbers in the works.
My squash is, I suspect, my prize this year. I purchased a variety pack of patty pan seeds from Burpee (Peter Pan, Creamsicle, and Sunny Delight), and I succession planted them about 4 days apart. They took a long time to germinate; I think that's my fault. However, they are monsters. The oldest, at five weeks old, are three feet high and just now producing blossoms, male and female, in huge quantities. BTW, for those who might be interested, I have four beds of these patty pans, and the best producers are those planted in the bed with the highest percentage of compost. I can't say they are going to produce like mad, but I feel like they will. I'll know more at the beginning of September.
Ted, this was fun. Can you do it again around the beginning of September? Right now, I think my patty pans, my Lemon Boys, and my Slicemasters will prove to be my "talk abouts" over the winter, but I don't know, not yet. With our 120-day growing season, we Wyomingites don't generally know for certain until we near the end!