Garden Notes

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Well, with the exception of a few pots of herbs at home, both gardens are put to bed.

It was a really good year, and I’m already really stoked for next year.    I’m so looking forward to expanding what I can do in the community garden plot, now that I have a better handle on how the space works, and I’ve got some ideas of what’s really important to keep closer to home.

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The community garden plot’s down to the kale, sprouting broccoli and collards.    The calendula just didn’t look happy anymore – now that it’s November, it has gotten a bit colder, so I pulled those out yesterday.    We’ll see how much longer the above lasts.

It looks very weird over there with so many of the plots completely empty.

At home, I pulled out the zinnias and basil, and pulled in those empty tomato pots.    The herbs are still going strong for now.

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Between the fact that we’re getting a nor’easter tonight (just with rain instead of snow, woo!), and that the official check out day for the garden is Wednesday, I pulled out a whole bunch of things from the community bed this morning.

I did have one tomato plant left, but wanted that cage and stake under cover for tonight, so that came out, as well as the rest of the peppers, the marigolds, the borage, and the sorrel.   I’d pulled the eggplants and the other peppers, as well as tomato #2, last weekend.

That leaves collards, sprouting broccoli and kale, as well as the calendula, which is still so happy, I couldn’t bear to take it out.   We’re allowed to leave anything for as long as we can so long as it’s still producing, so I’ll take them out once they’re no longer blooming.

We still haven’t had a frost yet this year, which is just wacky.

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At home, I pulled out the tomato cages (and the last tomato), and the clematis trellis.   The Thai basil and shiso were looking a bit manky, so those went too.     Other than that, everything else is still out.

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It’s been warm so far this October.   Like, I’m currently wearing shorts, and had dinner outside last night warm.    So things are still growing better than they really should be.

Last weekend, I pulled out one of the two cherry tomatoes in the side garden – the Sweet 100’s had succumbed to blight.    The Sun Golds are still doing so well that you wouldn’t know there was only one plant in the two cages, at first glance.

I also pulled out the ground cherries – they were definitely done.     I don’t think I’d grow those again.   The whole “wait for them to drop and then you still might need to wait for them to ripen, and you really need them to be ripe or they’re poisonous” aspect is a little bit too much work for the outcome.     I’d rather grow something like strawberries that I can eat off the plant because I can really tell they’re ripe.

In the community garden plot, I pulled out the zucchini yesterday.    It was still producing blossoms, but the bees just aren’t around very much anymore, so there was no pollination happening.    (And it was pretty mildewy at this point anyway.)    I also pulled out the purple passion tomato – it was looking the worse for the wear.    The other two, though a little mildewy, do have some fruit, and they’re still ripening.     I have to clear the garden by 11/1, so we’ll just see how long I can still get ripening fruit before then.    Amazingly, the peppers and eggplant and still chugging along nicely.

The greens and herbs (other than the basil and dill at the community garden) are still doing great.    The collards I planted from seed on a whim are doing wonderfully.     We’ll probably keep those at the house next year – they’ve become BF’s favorite green.

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Harvest notes: Pictures are from 10/5, 10/8 (2), 10/10 and 10/15.  (Picture quality is suffering since it’s now so much darker after work.)
I pulled out all the poblanos that were left on the plants yesterday.     They haven’t gotten any bigger, so I figured better safe than sorry about this point.

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Harvesting continues.    It’s pretty much every other day now, so I’m not posting it real time.    The above are from 9/7, 9/8, 9/9, 9/10, 9/12, 9/14 and 9/17.   The acorn squash on the 12th was a “No, seriously I have so many I couldn’t possible figure out what to do with them all, please for the love of god, take it” gift from one of the other gardeners at community garden.

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I grew poblanos this year hoping I could manage an entire casserole of my own stuffed peppers.     That happened last week, and I still have leftovers.