Garden Update: August 2016

August has brought a lot of changes in the garden. A large tomato harvest came and went, sun loving plants like okra and eggplant have begun producing fruits, and planted the first succession of fall roots and cooler weather herbs.

This year my tomato plants were more successful than ever before, despite having some bacterial blight and frequent bird nibbles. I harvested about 50# total from the tomatoes, including unripened tomatoes for salsa and pickled green tomatoes, and then many delicious fruits from Black Krim, Cherokee, Roma, Green Zebra, Peach, and cherry tomatoes. I particularly liked the Green Zebra and Black Krim varieties this year, although the Krim was probably the instigator of the blight. Today after many yummy tomatoes I took those plants out to make way for a fall crop of radishes and other roots that will mature in a few months. Looking forward to fall!

A few things I’ve been harvesting:

  • Okra
  • Flowers! Zinnias, marigolds, and cosmos
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Thai Long Beans
  • Herbs: Anise hyssop, chrysanthemum greens, mints, rosemary
  • Chiles!

Some plants almost ready to harvest:

  • Pumpkin
  • Eggplant
  • Cow peas
  • Ethopian Brown Chiles
  • Fish peppers

Veggies just planted:

  • Breakfast, French, Watermelon, and globe radishes
  • Multicolored carrot mix
  • Golden, Detroit Supreme, and Chioggia Beets
  • Arugula
  • Herbs: cilantro, dill, chervil, parsley, lovage
  • Peas

On my garden to-do list:

  • Still need to sift the compost…
  • Repot herbs into large pots
  • Fertilize Thai lime tree with fish emulsion or compost tea
  • Move potted sunchokes to garden to overwinter
  • With temperature drop, clear okra/eggplant and plant greens
  • Sling Blue Hokkaido for support
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