We often receive nice feedback from our gardening students about how well they're doing. When those testimonials are heartfelt, well-written, and come packed with beautiful photos, then we just can't resist sharing! Here's one we just received last week:
It is surreal as in something out of science fiction. Abundant growth, spaghetti squash and zucchini tentacles (runners) out of control, escaping the elevated garden, reaching through the wire fence, and descending on the cement patio and continuing to reach and stretch with fruit everywhere (35 "visible" spaghetti squash and 18 zucchinis) all from two zucchini plants and one spaghetti squash!!!!! Unbelievable!
I planted the same amount with exactly the same space considerations I have always done for the last 40 years here in San Mateo and the results this year are in another category due to your advice. I believe, even in this lousy year of weather, that your suggestions were solely responsible, i.e., Sun Land compost and 4-6-4- Sustane. I rototilled both in and have never experienced anything like this. The enclosed photos do not do justice to what has taken over my backyard, and this despite overcast fog till 11:00 a.m., no good sun, no wind until 5:00 and then the fog rolls back in. This has meant the tomato plants are growing and are at 6 feet tall now, and finally all the fruit has sent on them but they will be a little late and maybe a little smaller than normal.
I want to thank you for this prolific (understatement) of a crop. My neighbors are astonished. You are the best. Do you think it was the compost or the Sustane or a combination of both? Thanks for all your help and your responsiveness in dealing with my periodic queries in a very timely fashion. This was truly a gardening breakthrough for me!
Steve Gehre, San Mateo