Mid-August Update - Hilltop Beds
Last Thursday, it rained...a lot. How much is a lot? This much:
|My new rain gauge (courtesy of Bonnie Plants)|
was included in my OTHER goodie bag from the Fling
The hilltop garden is still a whopping mess, weed wise, as things have been on hold up there in favour of dealing with the weeding and mulching in veg area #1 as well as the front of the house.
The paths may be weedy, but I’ve more or less kept on top of the weeds in the beds themselves. That's one of the reasons I love raised beds...weeding is more of a pleasure than chore.
The asparagus is still growing well – each new stalk is just that little bit thicker & taller than the prior ones. I’m so excited about how well it seems to be doing. Even though there is not much difference in the bed overall from month to month, I want to chronicle what small changes there are.
The chamomile is flowering like crazy & I've even had to put up some rebar & twine to hold it back as it was shading a couple of the asparagus plants.
The Yukon Gold potatoes have almost completely died back as have the Linzer potatoes, so those will be dug up soon.
Note the strawless corner where we dug up
the big potato from last week's Harvest Monday
When it comes to the eggplants, there’s good news and bad news.
Looking fairly good from this vantage point
|Ping Tung Eggplant|
|Slim Jim Eggplant|
|Leaf curl/wilt possibly indicative of Verticillium wilt|
The peppers (which you can see right beside the eggplants in the first eggplant photo) do not seem to be affected at this point. I have read that peppers may take longer to be affected and, if this disease arrived on the eggplant seeds, then it would also make sense that the eggplants would be affected before the peppers.
Anyhow, on to the peppers, which are in two beds. Both beds are split in half, lengthwise; half the bed contains peppers or peppers & eggplant and the other half contains beans. Each length of bed holds two rows of peppers. I have 10 varieties of peppers this year - only a few more than the two I grew last year ;)
|Hungarian Hot Wax|
|Stocky Red Roaster|
|Corne de Chevre|
|Pole Bean/Pepper Bed|
The back row of peppers (on the left of the bed) is covered with bean foliage
|Bush Bean & Pepper/Eggplant Bed|
Everyone in this bed is getting lots of sun
|Deformed pods on Gold Marie|
My favourite dried bean – Cherokee Trail of Tears – is doing well:
|Cherokee Trail of Tears|
Normally, I would simply save some seed each year, but in both years that I grew this variety, I planted it beside the Golden of Bacau & it ended up with bacterial brown spot on it as well. Since I had such great results with those original seeds (and we all know how the same variety can sometimes yield very differently depending on the source), I wanted to make sure to save seed only from the original purchase.
This year, I'm also growing two more dried beans, Walcherse White & Vermont Cranberry, which are the bush bean varieties in the pepper/eggplant bed:
Looks much bigger in the photo than it actually is
The butternut squash is finally vining well & I've been winding the vines along the edges of the bed in my corn protection efforts:
And eye spy a few baby butternuts - how exciting!
There haven’t been a whole lot of male flowers blooming, so I've been going out there with a paintbrush each day. So far, I have two squash that have set & one that hasn't, but I see at least 2 more that are on the verge of flowering.
Not much action going on here
After a few weeks of feeding them with concentrated fish emulsion, I pretty much gave up as I wasn't seeing much of a difference. But see that larger squash plant (2nd one from the bottom)? It's a Sweet Mama squash and I recently found this on it:
|Sweet Mama had a baby|
Till next time...