Short intro: dear husband and I are in zone 7b/8a (depending on whose zone map you read) and have been gardening for 30+ years. We moved to our new home less than two years ago and have been working our tails off trying to put in orchards and gardens, having to amend this horrible rocky soil. We had a good harvest last year from the raised beds where we put peas and lettuces, then tomatoes and peppers. The fig and blueberry transplants didn't do much but we didn't expect they would. Neither did the two-year grape vines we planted. Now, there's fruit on the Canadice and Concords vines so we shall see if they survive the birds. The dwarf container blueberries are already producing on the deck and several of the rabbiteye varieties in the orchard are close to being ripe. Did I mention the need for bird netting? :)
One problem we're having this year that we never had until now is wilt. One day our peppers were fine, the next day they looked like they needed water. I knew they didn't, but put it down to the heat of the day getting to them. They never rallied and just got worse. Some basil nearby had the same problem. The basil was common Genovese and the peppers were three Bonnie green bells, Bonnie's Big Bertha bell and another variety of golden California Wonder. Oddly, there's a Bonnie red bell that is unscathed and it was next to one of the afflicted green bells. Everything I've read points to a fungal wilt, possibly from contaminated soil, even though the soil was "new". These peppers and basil plants were in small raised beds and large containers. Other large planters and other raised beds were unaffected. I've had plants affected by wilt before now. I have destroyed those plants and haven't planted anything else in the two planters and that small raised bed that were affected. Don't know what else to do. :(
Well, I'd better run and deal with the aftermath of the torrential rain and wind that just swept through here after two weeks of no rain. One massive oak tree bit the dust. It's amazing that the power didn't go out.