The deer are eating my beans. I didn’t do anything about the deer this year, and for a while I thought I was good to go, but I was obviously living in a dream, courting a bean disaster. Sigh. The squash (in the background) is looking good though!
These Glacier tomatoes are the strangest tomatoes. Being a determinate variety, they grow more out than up, and I read that you shouldn’t prune them – so I didn’t. I will not be growing these next year, that’s for sure. I lost a whole bunch of them because they turned brown when they were really tiny and then just fell of the vine. I can only assume it’s either a disease or nutrient deficiency. However, I did get my first ripe one the other day. Win!
The broccoli has been harvested and transplants for fall are in. Beets are looking good and more are just starting to come up. I seriously failed on my fall starts this year. I should have started my items around the first of July, but I hemmed and hawwed and ended up buying them instead. Add that to the “Things I Will Do Better Next Year” list.
Yukon golds came out of this bed and my dried beans are doing pretty good, even though the potato vines had them shaded for most of their life. I have cabbage transplants in where the potatoes where. The leeks suffered the same smothering potato vine fate as the beans but didn’t fair as well, unfortunately.
Giant Cabbage! Jefe keeps saying to me “We don’t eat cabbage. Why are you growing cabbage?” They’re so pretty and I am sure I can come up with SOMETHING to do with them (like Kraut Burgers!). Red potatoes were harvested and I’ve planted an arugula and mesclun mix that has started to come up as well.
Podding radishes have been ripped out. All except one, which I’m saving for seed. Note to self for next year: don’t plant so many. Also – trellis. Carrots, lettuce and onions have been harvested and more carrots, lettuce and onions (scallions) have been planted for fall.
Let me just sum up my tomato thoughts by saying that next year I will totally be doing them differently. Mainly, I will pay a lot more attention to the pruning. As in, I will actually do it.
The Corn Bed:
I may have planted the corn a little too densely, but SO FAR SO GOOD. I went out the other day and banged the stalks around to make sure the powdery male stuff (wink, wink) got spread around a little. The mexican sour gerkins got totally lost in the mass of green and while they are still alive and looking good, I don’t think one of them has even flowered. Note to self for next year on the cucs: Trellis by themselves. Scarlet runner beans seem to be totally happy and the zucchini is thrilled with the set-up.
Here’s the volunteer poppy that came up in the raspberries that I was telling you about. Isn’t it pretty?