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October: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

October 9, 2011

This past week we got what I expect to be our last big batch of tomatoes. I’m not sure whether it is a good or bad thing, but it is easy to know when it is time to savor these last bites of summer when I can see the nearly empty, slowly drooping plants. I’m pleased with the number of tomatoes we got this summer, despite the loss that resulted from the recent heavy rains. We had enough tomatoes that we could bring some to friends and family and still have plenty for ourselves. Early on, I was a bit worried we’d have too many because, in general, Jeremy doesn’t eat tomatoes. The ones from our garden, though, turned out to be a completely different and delicious flavor and texture, and he happily joined me in eating them throughout the summer. I was thrilled with all the varieties that we grew, and I intend to plant the seeds I saved over the last few months in January in hopes of having more next summer.

Last Week’s Tomato Harvest

Fallen Tomatoes

Still More Green Zebra Tomatoes

Of the other things I planted in the spring, a few are still hanging on. I expect we’ll get a few more leaves off the kale and bok choi, and at least one green bean plant is attempting to start another cycle. We ate all the beans, but some new flowers have been growing and one or two tiny beans are emerging. Of the three broccoli plants, one has flowered, one has a nice-looking floret, and the third is empty. In the herb department, the chives and thyme are going strong, but the basil has flowered (likely due to lack of regular harvesting).

Green Bean Flowers

Flowering Broccoli

Broccoli Floret

Chives and Thyme

Flowering Basil

Which takes us to the most recent batch of plantings. As a group, they are doing horribly. The two surviving lettuce plants are about an inch tall. The few spinach plants that sprouted are also tiny and seem to have stopped growing. Most of the recent batch of kale has been eaten by cabbage worms. There are three broccoli plants that are full of holes but may still make it through. The two fall plantings with the most potential are the peas and the radishes. There are a number of flowers on the peas which bodes well for fruit. The radish leaves are a bit hole-y, but they are continuing to grow. I also planted one more herb: oregano. It seems to be doing okay. I’m hoping that the herbs will survive inside for the winter.

Tiny Lettuce

Eaten Kale

Partially Eaten Broccoli

Flowering Peas

Hole-y Radishes

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