Like other gardeners I forgot to add micronutrients and had a zinc deficiency on my squash and cantaloupes. This was a major disaster in my cantaloupes because they got a fungal disease and only produced a few fruit before they crashed.
This in contrast to previous years when I had amazing success and five pound fruit.
I am definitely on task with mineralizing my soil again and might talk about this and compost in October.
The good news with the zucchini is they bounced back and started growing fresh green leaves again late in the season so I will get a second chance.
George is off his game. He used to water, weed, pick and share his juicy raspberries and all the neighbors looked forward to his harvest. Well that was last year.
I knew George wasn’t feeling well so I offered to pick berries for him. I was thinking, rather confidently, I can bring a ray of light into his life.
Instead of being helpful, I was crushed. Like George, his plants are old and weak. We’ve had a dry summer, his berries are growing in full sun, and they are not being watered. They are shorter than normal. They are also full of grass and producing only a very few small fruit. It reminds me how fast a great garden dwindles if the owner can’t offer the care a crop wants and needs. Gardens fade fast.
Raspberries from High Level, Alberta to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia are suffering. On my #CBC radio show (Alberta at Noon, July 28th) I had calls about distressed raspberries, the queen of the summer fruit garden. When I visited my son in Smithers in July I saw his plants were also doing poorly. When I got home I saw my berries were no better. If you love raspberries and want even more fruit then do as I say, not as I do!