Things are going to be very busy for us in the next couple of weeks, so I thought I would slip in a mid-September update a bit early this time round. There is still a lot going on in the garden, with some crops finishing and others just starting to size up. I’m hopeful that I’ll still be getting a harvest of one sort or another until the end of October.
We have been without lettuce for over a month now and I’m really missing it. My attempt at growing transplants last month was not overly successful and I ended up with only a few seedlings. They are not that large yet, but I often find that lettuce is a bit slow to start and then, all of a sudden, it goes through a growth spurt.
|Transplanted lettuce seedlings|
Of the 4 varieties I sowed, Royal Red had the best germination, perhaps 10 or so seedlings. The others only gave me one or two seedlings out of the dozens of seeds I scattered around. Since I used the scatter method, I ended up with bunches of seedlings in some spots and none in others, so a few days ago, I gently separated and transplanted the groups of seedlings so that each had some leg room.
|Lettuce seedlings that were direct sown|
|Dwarf chard in front of the spring giants|
The perennial bunching onions are doing fine. To make the most of the space, I sowed some cilantro in the spot that had previously been occupied by the potato onions.
|Perennial bunching onions & cilantro seedlings|
|Nebuka Perennial Bunching Onions|
The other half of the perennial onion bed (which previously held storage onions) has been sowed with overwintering spinach – Giant Winter Viroflex. Placing these two overwintering crops in the same bed will make my life easier when it comes to covering the bed with straw over the winter. I seeded the spinach a few days ago (with pre-germinated seed) and some are just now starting to come up.
|Spinach seedlings are emerging|
I’ve cut back the strawberry plants as most of the leaves had what I believe is Leaf Scorch, a type of fungal disease.
|Leaf Scorch on Strawberry Leaves|
The late planted squash is doing ok & has provided me with a couple of zucchini so far:
|Romanesco (front) & Tromboncino (back trellis)|
|I've since pulled this one back to the other side of the fence so it doesn't get stuck!|
The sunflowers - or to be more accurate sunflower - in this bed is not doing that great.
|Leaning sunflower with it's decapitated sister to the right|
And speaking of sunflowers, that huge one that my daughter had in her bed is equally distorted. There was something wrong with the stem portion and it didn’t allow the flower to straighten up, so the flower is growing upside down on the top of the stem and, to make matters worse, half of the flower didn’t develop at all:
|Wonky, upside down, half developed sunflower...so strange|
The carrot bed is coming along, but I didn’t end up thinning it until just a couple of days ago, which likely slowed down growth in this bed.
The old garlic bed is now going strong with a fall planting of brassicas – radishes, rapini, komatsuna and various varieties of bok choy.
|Rapini (front), Radishes (middle left),|
Komatsuna (middle right), Choy (rear)
So on to Area 2 which contains two more brassica beds & the tomato beds. The broccoli is the only spring planting left in bed #12 and it is still producing a lot of side shoots. If you recall, I had one particularly hyperactive plant that was giving me huge side shoots – and as you can see in the photo below, it’s not finished yet:
|This guy is going crazy with huge side shoots!|
Bed #11 was seeded last month and contains mizuna, tatsoi, turnips and kohlrabi:
|Mizuna with Tatsoi in the rear|
|Tatsoi in the foreground with turnips in the rear.|
The kohlrabi is still tiny & hiding behind the turnips
Ah, the tomato beds – they went from glory to late blight battlefield in the blink of an eye:
|Tomato beds are on a fast decline|
|Late Blight on Brandywine|
Oh well - it is what it is. From the looks of things, my tomatoes will be done by mid-September, just like last year. The Costoluto Genevese was ripped out a couple of weeks ago and the Amish paste will be the next to go:
|Amish Paste on its last legs|
|Yellow Pear tomato with blight|
And lastly, the basil - a little bit of sunshine in the herb bed.
Till next time…