Some of the Super San Marzano tomatoes have blossom end rot, or BER. It's not nearly as bad as last year, when nearly all of the initial set of tomatoes was lost. Last year the month of June was extremely wet and cloudy, perfect conditions for BER. It's hard to say why this happens, because the weather has been mostly sunny and the bedrock in these parts is limestone. Maybe this variety of tomato is just more prone to BER. The Big Beef slicing tomatoes have none.
That looks like a lot but the tomatoes are small, probably about an ounce, so the plants have not invested a lot of energy into them. They will never get larger because the growing tip is gone, and ultimately they will rot on the vine. It may be that the plants have 'got it out of their system.' I'm not seeing any more signs on the newly set tomatoes, and the very first tomatoes did not get any BER, in fact they are looking very nice. This variety can get quite large for a sauce tomato, around 6 ounces. Many of them will go into salsa.
I noticed that a jalapeno plant has already produced some peppers. A few went into an omelette this morning.
The Kentucky Blue pole beans are showing some infection from???? Newly set leaves turn wilty, then brown and die. The Fortex beans are not having this problem, they look very healthy. Years ago I tried growing Kentucky Blue and thought they were a delicious bean. That year the Japanese beetles got most of the plants, so I thought I'd give them another go.
Then there's the mystery squash. This is supposed to be Burpee's 'Italian ribbed zucchini' which is just their name for a Cocozelle summer squash, which I grow every year and ran out of seeds so these were bought at the hardware store. But this squash - if you look close you can see it - is clearly not ribbed, it is glossy smooth and very dark green. At least the plant is very healthy but I may never know what this is.
Again this year the apple trees have cedar apple rust. They got it very bad last year and by summer's end many of the leaves were lost. This spring I sprayed them twice with Mancozeb, a fungicide. I chose Mancozeb because it decomposes quickly. It doesn't look as bad as last year. The Golden Delicious gets it worse than the Fuji.
This is the first year the apple trees have set a 'crop' of apples. I'm a little surprised at how much the apples bend down the branches of the tree.
The two gigantic dill plants continue to mature. I've pruned them judiciously to let more light get through to the okra on their north. They should make enough dill seed to last a few years.