Garden Woes (Bound to happen, right?)

So, it’s the middle of summer, and here I was thinking I had totally converted my black thumb to green.  I was dreaming of sauce and salsa recipes for canning and feeding my family with fresh vegetables from the, er, driveway.  I mean didn’t you see the cute little tomatoes and peppers on my plants?  And the big green leaves?  Weeelll…………

I mean, it was bound to happen, right?  It was only a matter of time.  Must be because my garden missed me to much to live on without me while I was away.  (We were in the gorgeous Upper Peninsula of Michigan this past week.  Oh, you’ve never heard of it either?)

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

So, several things happened while we were gone.  Hopefully some of you will have some expertise that you can share, and the rest of you can learn right along with me.

Tomatoes
So my cute little green tomatoes are turning into bigger red ones.  (Shocking, I know.)  And then they just went rotten on the bottom.  See?

Blossom End Rot Tomato

Apparently, you can still eat these. Um, no.

After some interneting, I realized that it must be blossom-end rot.  Apparently from moisture issues, usually too much.  Not sure if it rained a lot while we were gone, or if I was watering them too much.  (They were wilty though, promise!)  Luckily, this has happened to only a few tomatoes so far.  Are they all already doomed, or can I save the still green ones?  Has anyone suffered with this same issue?

In unrelated tomato news, my friends and I were out for drinks last night.  She was warning me about tomato worms, and telling me how awful they were and how they’ll completely ruin your plant, and to look out for black seed looking poop.  Sure enough I had SEEN this already and thought it was just dirt.  (Like what do I know?)  She even forced me to look at pictures of the ugly buggers (!) and I about had a panic attack.  I somehow convinced my husband to find and subsequently kill these things before I got home.  I’m not sure how I did that, but I’m NOT complaining.  I shudder to think of finding one still.  Do I have to continue to look for these all the time or do we think they’re completely eradicated and I can stop having nightmares?

Crookneck Squash
So I have two really healthy looking squash on here that I’m planning on picking real soon.  I have read that the more you pick the more they grow – cool!  (Yes, yes, this is all new to me.)  But will you just look at the stem of this plant!

Broken Squash

Yeah, yeah, I have weeding to do. What else is new?

WTF?!  My original idea was to blame the deer, but I think they have enough hostas to eat in my backyard.  Did it just fall over and break?  Is it infected with something?  Can they grow back still or are they totally done forever?

Help me, Garden Guru Friends!