I decided to dig up a few more potatoes from the pot I planted March 16, in “Rainy Day in the Garden,” Episode 4 of “Late Bloomer.”

The purple ones, though, looked like they had the measles! They were covered in little bumps. Did I leave them in too long?

And the skin just peeled off in my hand.

Last night I spotted this baby watermelon from a distance, but got my first close-up view just now. Looks like a little spot on there. I will be interested to see if that affects the developing melon.

My patch of seven baby watermelon seedlings planted on March 15 (73 days to maturity, the tag said), is only 6’x6′, so it will be interesting to see if the vines move into the open area. Something tells me they will go where they darn well please. Just like nasturtiums, which self-seeded in my watermelon patch. I have pulled out several bunches, but it’s nice to have a little color.

Next, I noticed my yellow zucchini plant is not looking so well.

I had cut over half the leaves back this week, which my occasional helper Rene told me was not a good idea. But, they were covered in powdery mildew and choking off the cherry tomato plant I unfortunately planted right beside it (before I knew that zucchini take over), so I felt I had no choice. The bean plant I had squeezed in a corner is not looking so well either. Anyone know what this means?

This is almost funny, because I was JUST reading about sunflower care yesterday, and made a mental note as my first round of sunflowers are about done. It said when you see most of the yellow leaves falling off, act quickly to put the head in a paper bag and either let it dry on the stem, or cut it, as the seeds will be all over the ground. Am I supposed to pick all these up?

It wasn’t like this last night, so I assume some birds “went to town” on them before I got up. I don’t think we had any wind last night, but a couple of branches were also broken. Hmmm. There were ten heads that looked like this.

The best thing about gardening is the mystery of the cycle of life and watching things grow. The worst thing is not knowing what to do about the problems. But, I have found myself in a wonderful, giving community and I’m so happy I finally arrived! Thanks for reading! – Kaye