Friday, August 20, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Only a little more than a week of August left and then we're into September and school. I checked the system this morning and the rain we've been having and the slightly lower temperatures seem to have extended the fill time. CF =24 and I picked a lot of tomatoes from the float system. I'll bring the total up to date below.

Totals: G: 121 1/4 ounces; F: 158.25 ounces.
8/20 G: 2 Atkinson/AL 5 7/8, 6 1/8 for 9 at 52 5/8
8/20 G: 7 Dona 2 7/8, 1 3/8, 1 1/4, 1 3/4, 4 1/8, 4 3/4, 3 5/8 for 23 at 68 5/8 ounces.
8/20 F: 1 Atkinson/AL 5 3/4 for 14 at 84 3/4 ounces.
8/20 F: 8 Dona 7/8, 4 5/8, 1 3/8, 1 3/4, 1 1/8, 4 1/2, 2 1/4, 3 1/8 for 36 at 73 1/2 ounces.
8/11 G: Corn picked three total now 5. and likely only a couple more.

So let's have an assessment shall we. The float system has been awesome and a big surprise. It has grown terrifically but the haphazard support system I came up with has been a disaster. The rains and winds have blown it over so the plants are mostly all over the ground. Next year it I do a float system I'll improve the supports. I have some simple ideas for that that I should have thought of this year. Experience is a great teacher.

I may swap out the nutrient in the float system soon because the plants are looking a little poor which always makes me think perhaps the nutrient is getting out of balance. Maybe tomorrow!

The garden has been a surprise too, especially the garden tomatoes which have been doing great. Powdery mildew took out the squash early and I just didn't plant very much corn, but the few ears we got were good.

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