Look Ma! No BER!

 
I may actually get tomato sauce this year!  I don’t have enough plants to have big, all-at-once harvests, so these guys are being cored, seeded, and frozen as they come ripe a few at a time.  The other plus side to this method is that by the time I have enough tomatoes for a big batch of sauce, it’ll probably be September, and (one would hope) much cooler!

Sadly, I may have to give up on the pickles.  It’s taken three years, but I can no longer avoid the fact that trying to plant cucumbers as a succession crop in New England is doomed to failure.  Powdery mildew will hit at roughly the same time every year, no matter what I do to prevent or stop it.  If I want pickles, I really need to get my cucumbers into the ground as early as possible.  It’s the only way I’ll get a good crop before the cucumbers start to look like this:

I’ll try again next year!

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2 thoughts on “Look Ma! No BER!

  1. Alison, that looks like you are trying to grow cukes in the snow! Is that powdery mildew? I have seen it on leaves before but not bad down here. Another blogger up north has problems with that but I didn't know it was that big of an issue! But congrats on those tomatoes, slow but sure, you will get sauce!!

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  2. No, the white stuff is not powdery mildew! I'd completely forgotten about that, I've had it there so long 🙂 I had some wool that wasn't ever going to be pleasant or easy to spin. I had plenty more where that came from, so I decided to cut my losses and use the bad stuff as mulch. It'll take a while to break down, but it'll add nitrogen back into the soil as it does.

    The powdery mildew isn't really visible, except for its effects: note the yellow leaves, and the brown shriveled things that used to be leaves. Also, my cucumbers are now terribly misshapen. The first four were beautiful. The rest – I don't know if they'll be worth bothering with 😦

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