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Garden Check-in, July 24, 2020

My garden is in Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso is close to Chicago, in Northern Indiana, and is therefore roughly at the same latitude as Chicago (Valparaiso is at 41.5 degrees North latitude). New York City is also roughly at the same latitude (NYC is at 40.7 degrees North latitude). Valparaiso is considered USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5b.


As I noted previously, I did not record the exact dates that I planted. I set out plants and seeds starting in early May, so I believe that most items went in as either seeds or very small seedlings from May 1 - May 20. The rule of thumb in our area is to plant summer crops on or after Mother's Day which was May 10 in 2020.


I wanted to record that my tomatoes began to ripen this week. I actually picked two Celebrity tomatoes that had barely gotten red all over on July 21. They were eaten and were slightly tart but I am going to have a flood of ripened fruit in about a week or two (assuming that critters don't get my crop) so I want to stretch my harvest time out as much as I can. The varieties that are getting ripe are cherry tomatoes, Celebrity tomatoes, and Goliath tomatoes.


I also picked about five cucumbers this week. I grew Burpee Garden Sweet Burpless hybrid this year and they are suffering from a disease in both locations that they are planted so next year I want to look for a variety that is highly disease resistant.




Cherry tomato plant on 7 24 2020:






Celebrity Tomato Plant on 7 24 2020:






A Goliath tomato plant and a Burpee Garden Sweet Hybrid cucumber plant, planted too close together, have almost fused together into a cucumato plant. Note the cucumber vine that was trained to cross the top of my trellis made from conduit:


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