The five gallon Kratky method hydroponic buckets and one 10 gallon bin are still producing good produce. Here in West Virginia, we can have frosts as early as Sept 30th. Tomorrow night we go down into the high 30’s at night (but in the 70’s daytime), so I I’ll have to protect the eggplants and the pepper and the cuke for each night, in the hopes of keeping them going until the weather gets warmer again in a week.
As you can see, the eggplants are of harvesting size (and went with tomatoes, basil & parsley in a tomato / eggplant & cheese (one crust) pie last night).
The H-19 cucumber has produced cukes of anywhere from pickling size to these huge ones- for cucumber salad. I found the skin a tiny bit thick at this large size, so I’ve been peeling these, (unnecessary if picked smaller). (My fingers are stained from dehydrating plums and peaches this week).
The Boris sweet peppers are doing great- large & small go into everything- eggs, chili, etc.
I should comment again, that these 3 plants are taking additional water at least once a week (nutrient solution). The cuke in the 10 gallon bin and the eggplants and pepper in the five gallon buckets all take the same 2 gallons of nutrient solution each week. Unfortunately, they have all had bouts of running dry completely down to the bottom of the container. Obviously this has taken a toll on the plants….. but bless their hearts- they keep producing.