A wonderful year of production, and of course, a bumper crop of tomatoes, because we did not track the bounty! So much gratitude goes forth to everyone involved, including all plant devas and Elemental beings who tended everything so perfectly, while we got so busy with life’s various activities and demands.
It is the usual wind-down time of rest for all. Some lettuce, kale, and chard are braving the battering of November winds and rain.
A glimpse of some bounty as it occurred along the way. Enjoy!
Luscious Green Beans
Harvesters in action!
Gaston is a wizard at sowing very even stands of radishes!
The intriguing purple tomato cultivar ‘Indigo Rose’
Full glory garden! Where’s Juni…where’s Aspen?
Didn’t forget the corn!
The first summer bounty!
Garden mascot and art sculpture…a zucchini seal.
Ultra-prolific ‘Early Girl’ tomato; no greenies to be had on this vine!
Wind-down and clean up as flaming fall glory sets in..
Prime time in the house yard!
Our beloved Bambie has become frustrated…or desperate… in not being able to eat more tomato vines, nor get into my yard; so she’s taken to eating zucchini leaves off the stalk!
Not what you'd think to be a deer's delight...coarse zucchini leaves...
Shifting weather all over….a lot of rain during the first half of the month, so all tomatoes were pulled in, as well as squash and melons. No rot wanted! So, it’s looking a bit bare as the season comes to a close. Lettuce, arugula, and leeks are doing great!
Once there was a jungle...
September harvest tally:
- Basil: 18 (pounds)
- Bush beans: 3.5
- Charentai melon: 13.5
- Acorn squash: 5
- Corn: 18 (19 ears)
- Cucumbers: 20.5
- Delicata squash: 20.75
- Margarita melon: 26.75
- Scallions: 1
- Summer squash: 10.5
- Spaghetti squash: 19.5
- Tomatoes: 131 !!!!
Total: 288 pounds….!!!
Moving the season total to 473 pounds!
We give thanks to all Beings who assisted in manifesting this bounty!
That tomato poundage is off 6 plants, and no wonder they were collapsing!
Keepin' the bounty dry...
Posted in Community garden, Fall, Harvest tally, Uncategorized
Tagged acorn squash, basil, Community garden, corn, cucumber, delicata squash, edible landscape, harvest, lettuce, melons, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato, zucchini
Awoke to some drizzle, and had a an opportunity to reset the energy button to a slower pace; to actually sit in the garden (as the skies cleared), rather than tend to it. Listening to the breeze, the little birds, the newly-hatched grasshopper, the bees. Watching the cabbage white loopers darting around, and the juba skippers snapping and courting in their little aerial spirals. Smelling the lavender, sages, bee balm, corn, nasturtiums, squash; summer in general. Feeling like a sleeping cat.
I noticed a feeling of early fall precisely on Aug. 1. The days started feeling noticeably shorter at the same time; there is a tinge of color on sporadic trees. All this seems a couple of weeks earlier than “normal”. We’re most definitely on the downside of summer, with very few tomatoes set. I’ve never had this many tomato plants grow over 5-feet tall before setting fruit! But, we’re not alone in this predicament. Our day and night temps are so variable, slow to warm and very quick to cool in late afternoon. More heat needed!
Fortunately, the squash have kicked in, though more sporadic than last year, especially for their mammoth sizes. The spaghetti squash is out of hand, while little acorn and delicata fruit are just getting started. The cucumbers are developing nicely, as are the margarita and charantai melons. Corn ears are nicely elongated, waiting to fill out the kernels.
Lavender and nasturtiums cushion a spaghetti squah
It was time for the lettuce to be harvested completely, or be overrun by squash and melons, besides being a little bit bitter. Kale and chard are still vigorous, and the bush beans are still producing well. Harvested over 5 pounds this last week on the oldest row. Basil has been sheared back for a second round of bushy growth. Lots of pesto being made!
- Beet tops and roots: 11.75 pounds
- Basil: 6.25
- Kale: 3.5
- Lettuce blends: 16.5
- Scallions: 0.75
- Spinach: 2
- Swiss chard: 4.75
- Sugar Snap peas: 0.25
- Summer squash: 8.75
Month’s total: 53 pounds
Thank you all participants and garden devas!
Lushness galore! August 8
Posted in Community garden, Harvest tally, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged basil, beans, beets, buttercup squash, chard, Community garden, corn, cucumber, delicata squash, kale, lettuce, melons, nasturtiums, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato
Why is it that the best weather of a 3-day weekend arrives after 4:30 pm on the final day? Nevertheless it was an excellent weekend to move ahead with garden tasks, dodging drizzles and rain. Although we don’t have the exceptionally fine weather that blessed our initial project one year ago, we celebrated by seeding the first phase of summer veggies. As various CG members filtered into town from their various journeys, different tasks were done, depending on who showed up and when.
With the air and soil temperatures being nearly equal at 70°F we seeded various squash, melon, and cucumber cultivars, corn, and basil. (Check out our 2010 planting list here.) One minute it was threatening rain, the next a few light rays of sun peaking through the clouds to make one want to don shorts; but wait 5 minutes, and the sun is gone. Do I need another shirt again? Yes. Wait, now I’m too warm. It came down to rolling up the jeans and a t-shirt.
Taking a stroll through the house yard to check on tomato seedlings keeping warm in their little greenhouse, my mouth dropped as I spied a group of deer pellets on some grass. Never in my residency here has one come this far into the yard! We decided to grab netting and place it over the cool weather crops immediately. He hadn’t managed to sample anything yet. (I think it’s the same young male who visited solo last year.) While tying out cloth strips soaked in Irish Spring soap solution on various young fruit trees and roses, I did notice some rose tips “nipped in the bud”.
Here is an update to the final harvest tally of our 2009 plantings, contributed to by our overwintering kale and leeks, which were removed in May for more garden prep:
- Kale: 10 (pounds)
- Leeks: 3.25
Bringing our 2009 grand total to……592 pounds!
As we celebrate our first birthday we have a new 2010 tally, from harvesting the thinnings of early spring plantings during April and May:
- Beet greens: 1.5 pounds
- Kale: 2.5
- Lettuce blends: 7.5
- Spinach: 2
Total: 12.75 pounds Off to a great start!
Posted in Community garden, Developing & Planting, Harvest tally, Oh..oh...., Pests of any size & species, Spring
Tagged basil, Community garden, corn, cucumber, deer, delicata squash, harvest, melons, spaghetti squash
The August pickings total as follows (in pounds):
• Summer squash: 53
• Cucumbers: 49-½
• Swiss chard: 6-½
• Kale: 10-½
• Beans: 5
• Peppers: ¾
• Sweet corn: 19 (25 ears)
• Tomatoes: 19-½
• Eggplant: 4
• Scallions: 1
• Artichoke: ¾
• Beets: 1-½ (tops & roots)
• Basil: 2-½
• Blueberries: 2
• Potatoes: 6
Grand Total: 182 (rounded off)
Total season bounty: 262
Thank you plants, pollinators, and devas!
Juba skipper on 'Cherry Profusion' zinnias
Posted in Community garden, Harvest tally, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged beans, chard, Community garden, corn, cucumber, edible landscape, eggplant, kale, tomato
Alas, we’re officially on the downside and downslide of summer when the inevitable powdery mildew shows up on the squash and cucumbers. The ‘Buttercup’ winter squash is the hardest hit, since it was shaded more as it wound its vines beneath the corn, so with the corn completely picked it was time to remove some stalks to let more light in for the squash and increase air circulation.
Powdery mildew on Buttercup squash
Powdery mildew on yellow squash
Although commercial growers may apply chemicals to retard the formation of mildew, it really is a natural phenomenon that ties in with a change in season, via changes in temperature and humidity.
In town I’ve spotted a slight color tinge to some vine maples, and other plants are exhibiting their seasonal “green fatigue”. Given the lower sun angle and record low temperatures of 41 during the last week, it may be time to use plastic over the tomatoes, at least at night. After another interlude of partly overcast days, we’re due to warm up to the mid-upper 80’s for a stretch, but the heat won’t be the same.
Meanwhile, a new group a ‘Rainbow’ Swiss chard is sprouting well, along with a row of lettuce.
Stay tuned for the end-of-month tally next week……
This week we had a couple of double-takes as the garden yielded fused corn and fused squash…
Double-takes on sweet corn
Double-takes on yellow straightneck squash
Our “browser” deer, who I believe to be a yearling-buck, may be trying to educate himself about mature versus green tomatoes. Either that, or he got spooked and dropped the green Roma tomato. Better to nibble off all the tips of the young bean plants! And, thanks to the lavender plant stashed against the row of chard, he only nibbled 2 or 3 leaves. The Irish Spring odor must have worn off the ropes over the last couple of days.
A deer-rejected Roma tomato!
The new (third?) wave of yellow squash is coming on as a heat wave hits us again this week, after an unseasonably cool two weeks. The dreaded “powdery mildew” just began to make an appearance on the bushcrop squash, so now we’re officially on the downside of summer, and we hope the night temperatures will rise back to the 50’s during this last summer hurrah, since the large tomatoes are so slow to ripen.
Squash sextuplets and this is only one group!
We’re also pleased that our new sign arrived during the week, along with small business cards, so curious passersby can learn a little more if they’d like.
New signage for project information
Since I’m receiving more questions about caring for particular plants, I’ll be adding a separate page of general comments, though by no means exhaustive. Thanks for the questions and comments that have been sent!
Posted in Community garden, Pests of any size & species, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged beans, chard, Community garden, corn, deer, edible landscape, powdery mildew, summer squash