Goddard Aquaponic Garden – Mid-July Report

It’s time again to report on the Goddard garden projects. What’s happened since last time:

  • the tomatoes have filled out and some have maturely fruited
  • the green beans have been fruiting in the aquaponic tubs
  • the terrestrial green beans have grown out and are blossoming
  • the okra has now become critical mass where we have enough same young-aged fruit to eat in a meal
  • the corn has matured to blossom
  • the huge corn stalk turns out to be a different plant than expected

I have not taken photos of all of these topics but instead just the more notable ones. For instance, the tomatoes fare as follows:

  • the heat resistant tomato have immature fruit that are not growing
  • the rotted-out center brach we restarted has filled out nicely with flowers but no fruit
  • the original producer has about fruited out with a couple left to mature

Then on 18 July 2013, a caterpillar ate throughout the young fruit on our heat resistant plant, photo below.

Tomato Fruit Caterpillar Damage

We have not been successful ripening any of the fruit on the vine from the original tomato plant. Perhaps it’s the container being too small and/or the amount of rain we’ve had this year. A person told us yesterday that it has been 30 days since central florida has seen a whole dry day. It’s a blessing and hassle but I appreciate it more than fires and constant watering the yards plants.

As for the aquaponic green beans:

  • the original “volunteer” plant has about fruited out, as well, and leaves are browning
  • the second batch of plants has small fruit and we’re going to seed these
  • the third batch has small fruit that are maturing and we’ll seed these too
  • the final batch, the seeds from the volunteer, have just exposed secondary leaves

The terrestrial green beans have filled out nicely. We have some caterpillar that cuts and curls the leaf over itself to create a shield around it, which I uncurl and throw the worm into the water for the mosquito fish to snatch. The caterpillars love the plant and the fish love the caterpillars. You can see some of the damage in the picture below. In the center left leave, on its left side (facing it), that’s where the caterpillars have cut and curled the leaf.

Green Beans Terrestrial

Okra Fruit

The okra fruit have matured beyond edible on this specimen because it was the first to fruit. Now the others are blossoming and we’ll have enough to eat in a single meal, soon.

The corn plants grew no taller than a meter/yard and the fruit were as small as a lighter: Munchkin plants.

Corn Patch

Corn Cob

And the huge, never touched by bugs, corn plant? It turned out to be a millet seed plant. You can see in the picture below how similar the leaves look to a corn plant leaf. Not sure where that seed came from. Could have been in bird poop or mixed in with our seeds when we planted the corn. I wish the corn had been so successful.

Millet Seed Plant