Garden Notes

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.

 

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I’m getting something each time I step into the garden(s) now – this was Wednesday – all the nightshades.

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We finally got some rain on Friday, so the zucchini are off and running again.   (This is from today – quiet a few of the cherry tomatoes has burst from all the water.)

I took some time this morning to clean up the cherry tomatoes in the side garden – they needed some staking of side branches, and since I was in there, I cleaned out some of the suckers as well.   I need to make a better point of doing that next year.   Maybe not as they come out, but at least a good round in July, when I can more easily see how much I want to leave in so the plants can still photosynthesize.