Mid-September Update - Hilltop Beds
The hilltop beds are doing very well overall and I'm expecting some good harvests from them in the coming weeks.
The squash plants in the straw bales are starting to look amazing and I must say that I am more than a little surprised.
|Straw Bales - Finally coming to life|
|Straw bale Romanesco|
|"Sure Thing" zucchini|
These were harvested yesterday
|Sweet Mama Squash|
The lemon bee balm that I also planted in the bales is absolutely beautiful! Just like everything else I grew in them, it took a while to get going, but it is really blowing my socks off now:
|Lemon Bee Balm|
|The chamomile is a little worse for wear|
after I let many of the flowers go to seed last month
You can make out the Roko foliage at the back (left) of the bed
The sweet potatoes are still doing a whole lot of nothing. This photo was taken on September 8th:
|Sweet Potatoes - Sep. 8|
|Sweet Potatoes - Aug. 15|
I’m pretty sure that the problem has been lack of water. Since the bin is outside the fenced area, it needs to be watered by hand – and I’m obviously not the best when it comes to that ;)
I’ve harvested about half of the Vermont Cranberry bean pods and they are spread out to dry on newspaper in the garage.
|Vermont Cranberry Beans|
I also have this completely unsubstantiated impression that by picking the pods when they are mature (but have not yet started to dry out) I am encouraging the plant to continue producing beans & therefore increasing my overall harvest. I may do a little experiment in the future to see if that is indeed the case.
The other dry bush bean I'm growing is Walcherse White. Since I'm not certain what the pods look like once mature, I’m leaving them on the plants. I'll start harvesting once I see some of them starting to dry out.
|Walcherse White Beans|
Looks like they are getting close as the deep green colour
on many of them has lightened to yellow
|Pepper plants to the left of the pole beans|
|Pepper plants to the left of the bush beans|
|Ever try to snap a picture while simultaneously holding back foliage?|
Not easy, let me tell you ;)
|Corne de Chevre|
One interesting thing that I’ve noticed is that the peppers continue to ripen once picked, just like tomatoes. I have no idea why it never occurred to me that this would happen, after all they are in the same family. This is the basket of Jimmy Nardello's from last weeks Harvest Monday post:
|Jimmy Nardello's on the day of harvest|
To test my theory, I left the peppers as is - except for one of them which I moved and then put back in backwards - and then took a photo 3 days later:
|Jimmy Nardello's - 3 days after harvest|
The eggplants are still chugging along, even in their wilted state. What’s promising is that each variety has new, healthy looking growth – hopefully it’s enough to get the remaining fruits to maturity.
|Eggplants - some new growth is encouraging|
|More Ping Tung on the way|
|Lots of Slim Jim eggplants, but whether or not they mature before|
the weather gets too cold is anyone's guess
Can't wait to harvest these guys!
I ripped out the corn stalks when my corn pest (which I now believe was a skunk) damaged one of the squash in its attempt to get at the corn:
|A nice gash along with some claw marks|
And last, but certainly not least, are my asparagus beds. They are a jumble of ferns right now with lots of spears still coming up:
|I examine the beds practically every day for spears &|
usually find at least one or two new ones coming up each time
Till next time...