Main Garden Update - Early October
I mentioned on my recent Harvest Monday post that this is the warmest end to the gardening season I can recall in recent years. I have never had so many beds still in production at this time of year. Mind you, I haven't done much fall planting before either, but still - out of 16 annual veg beds, only 4 are empty right now. Here is an updated screenshot showing the weather for the coming week:
|Screenshot: The Weather Network|
So now for an update on what is going on in the main garden at this late date. The main garden has two separate raised bed areas - Area #1 has 8 beds and Area #2 has 4 beds.
First up are the beds in Area #1. The carrots are sizing up VERY slowly. I’ll be waiting as long as possible to harvest these.
|There are 6 varieties of carrots planted in this bed|
|Peeking under the netting, you can see the spring planted chard|
with lettuce grown from transplants in front
|Lettuce that was direct seeded on August 18|
The next bed contains perennial bunching onions, leeks, cilantro and overwintering spinach. I sowed cilantro in the spot previously occupied by the potato onions and it has done exceptionally well - I will definitely try to do a fall planting from now on:
|Cilantro in front with perennial bunching onions in back|
Not exactly a success story
The spinach in this bed is still teeny tiny. I have read that for it to have the best chance at successfully overwintering, it shouldn’t be that large when winter sets in. Only thing is, I think it should be a bit larger than this:
|Various choy varieties along with komatsuna on the left|
|Cabbage worm damage on baby choy|
Two of the beds in this area are now empty. The cucumber/squash bed was cleared yesterday and, of course, there is the ill-fated bed #8 that I cleared a couple of months ago after it was invaded by willow roots. The tree has not yet been cut down...I am on my husbands case about that, let me tell you! I want that "sucker" gone ;)
The parsley has been struggling for most of the summer but it has finally come into it's own. I will be doing a big harvest soon & getting some chimichurri into the freezer.
|Parsley is finally flourishing|
The broccoli has been in this bed since early summer. It occupied half of the 4 x 8 bed while spring planted turnips, kohlrabi, rapini, radishes & mizuna occupied the other half. The other brassicas are long gone, but the broccoli is still producing some good side shoots:
|My hyperactive broccoli plant has slowed down,|
but it seems that his neighbour is taking up the slack
|Fall Brassica Bed|
Front to rear: Mizuna, tatsoi, turnips, kohlrabi
|Tomato beds on September 30th|
|Tomatoes are limping along - I am trying to |
wait as long as possible to harvest the final fruits
The 3 tomatoes on the left were picked yesterday to ripen indoors
And we had a tomato surprise by the fire pit:
|See the bushy plant? That is a volunteer tomato!|
|Looks like cherry tomatoes to me|
Till next time...