In Part 1, I talked about the 4 beds in the small veg area. Now on to the 9 beds in the main veg area, 5 of which were new this year.
tomatoes are done, done and done – I have cut down a lot of the vines but many still
need to be removed.
The relatively lush looking plant on the left is Mountain Magic – the
only plant that completely escaped the late blight that plagued every other tomato
plant this year.
Merit, another early and late blight resistant variety, did not come away
unscathed with several branches having to be removed.
|The only two survivors in these beds are the Mountain Magic|
in the left bed and Mountain Merit in the right bed
Surprisingly, the tomato plants in the slightly shadier bed
did not get as severely affected as those in the sunnier area. I would have thought it would be the
reverse. Regardless, a mass cleanup is
going to happen in the next few days and all this will be gone.
|Tomato Bed in Shadier Area|
Not great but surprisingly better than one would expect
The 2nd seeding of carrots was a dismal
failure. I planted them way too late
and, as you can see in the photo, they are barely an inch high. And on top of that, germination was spotty.
If you squint, you can barely make out the carrot seedlings
among the scattering of bindweed
So much for early varieties.
Of course, this bed also gets limited sun, especially now as it is lower
in the sky, and I’m sure that our cooler than usual weather didn’t help the
speed at which the carrots are growing. That big one in the middle, by the way, was a weed - of course THEY have NO trouble growing.
thinking that I should have just left the spring planting in place – I could
have harvested carrots that were twice as large and not bothered with the
could’ve – there is a lesson in every bed this year!
The strawberry bed looks lush but the supposedly everbearing
Fort Laramie variety never did end up giving me a 2nd crop -
not one flower after that first flush in early summer.
But I may get a couple of berries - and I do mean two - surprisingly, from a June
bearer that originally came from my neighbor.
Most of the herbs in the herb bed are doing really well.
The cilantro and dill from my 2nd sowing are still
babies – these should have been sown at least two weeks earlier. But the original sowings, which I have been
leaving in order to gather the seeds, are huge. Even though I saw other bloggers with huge dill plants, I still didn't believe that those tiny plants would grow into such monsters. Next year, the dill & cilantro will definitely have to
be planted elsewhere. Perhaps I’ll
plant the 1st sowing in a separate bed as these will be left to go
to seed, and then do the 2nd sowing in the herb bed.
|Dill Going Wild|
The tomatoes basically took over the focus of the harvest
for the last few weeks and the cool season veg were left more or less unattended.
Not that I can harvest much for freezing at
any rate since our current freezer is full – we have another larger freezer
that is on order so I’m looking forward to getting it and doing a massive
The Swiss chard is still going, although it likely could
have done with some fish fertilizer a few times in the last couple of months.
The slugs were having a field day in the lettuce bed. This bed was badly ignored for a while, creating lots of nice, shady spots for them. This is what it looked like before I cleaned
it up a couple of weeks ago:
|Lettuce Bed Before Cleanup|
All of the Pinares & Simpson Elite lettuce had bolted and were ripped out. The Sierra MI was still hanging in there with no signs of bitterness, so that one was simply trimmed. As I ripped out the plants, I interrupted a little
|Slug Party Interrupted|
gave me the suggestion of using eggshells in the bed
since our weather had been so wet that the diatomaceous earth I normally used
was not being very effective.
tried using eggshells last year but didn’t get great results as I was likely too spare in spreading them on the bed. I had only recently started to save them so didn't have that many at the time.
Now I have an entire stash of eggshells.
Since we are so close to the end of the
season, I have decided not to bother this year. Next year, however, I will give this
method another try only this time, I will give the beds a much more
|Lettuce Bed After Cleanup|
Collards - front left; Joi Choi Hybrid - rear left; Lettuce - right
The Joi Choi hybrid is chugging along and I did quite a
large harvest when I cleaned up the bed.
sowing of collards is still very small.
Next year I plan to place the collards at the
end of the bed so that I can cover the individual stalks (which get very tall
as you harvest) while still being able to cover the rest of the bed with
Then I could simply
harvest from my spring sown collards for the entire season without having to
worry about a 2nd
The next bed (which originally held the peas) has Russian
Kale, Packman broccoli and spinach that I was supposed to pull a couple of
weeks back. Well, I never did end up
pulling the spinach, but just left it and now it is starting to get a new flush of
A bit chewed up but I'm hoping for more new leaves
The Russian Kale is doing well, but the Packman broccoli shows no
evidence of a head yet. The transplants in this bed were one of the last to be planted, just like
the broccoli in the bean bed, and it really set them back.
Transplanting too late will likely mean no harvest
The last bed (originally the garlic bed) was sown with kohlrabi, Mei
Qing choi and more Packman broccoli.
The aphids have finally left the building on the Mei Qing. I planted them a bit too closely, as it turns out, and they are now doing much better since I pulled out half of the plants.
|Mei Qing Choi|
The Packman broccoli in this bed was the first to be transplanted - if
I’m lucky, I may get a small head.
This small bud was a welcome sight
And lastly the kohlrabi is doing well & sizing up.
I will be picking some of these in the next
|Vienna White Kohlrabi|
I do love tomatoes, but I’m kind of glad that their season over. With
so many new things to
learn this year, I felt as if I was in a constant state of catching-up since tomato
Now I can start paying
attention to all of the other lovely crops that have waited patiently for me to
Thanks for the tour. My baby choys are still so small. I hope they get to it and size up before it gets really cold. I think they will though.ReplyDelete
My timing was definitely off on a bunch of the fall crops. The cool weather has not helped with how fast things are growing, that's for sure. I hope that your choys make it to a good size.Delete