There’s loads of work to do in order to get fall planting underway; but it’s finally underway. Tentative plans, seeds, a reference book, and a pencil (erase as needed) come out with me to get things started.
The twine is cut from the tomato supports. Any good fruit is harvested for distribution to neighbors, work associates, and family. There are only 5 tomato plants remaining; so my source for fresh tomatoes is coming to an end. The plants are clipped and tossed into the green waste leaving only a stump from what started out as seeds planted on March 1.
All the tomatoes had companion beneficial plants growing with them. Radishes, basil, onions, carrots, and chives were planted to benefit the growth of the tomatoes. If anything was harvested from those beneficials, that was a bonus. One bed of tomatoes had chives growing with them exclusively. I found that those plants grew the tallest (some over 9’) and the roots were extensive. Some of the plants needed to have their roots cut with a shovel to enable the rest of the plant to come up. Sheesh.
Grasshoppers were thriving in the remaining tomato patch. When they were disturbed, they flew everywhere. My exterminator Crocs got busy and did the pest control clog dance on as many bugs that would hold still. Pumpkins were ripped out and a wave of squash bugs was crawling along the ground like moving gravel. My dance routine moved to the pumpkin patch to send as many squash bugs to the other side as possible. Note: The pumpkin vines did not produce any pumpkins worth putting up with the squash bug infestation; so out they went to make way for blueberry bushes (I think.).
|Lettuce (2 types) - germinated|
|Radishes - germinated|
Still to be planted:
|Carrots (2 types)|
|Cabbage (2 types)|
The planting schedule may be a bit behind schedule but I’m doing the best I can.