Updates from Matt:
I’m kinda wishing I had done one of these posts a few weeks back because the transition photos are impossible to compare! Here’s back in April and May:
And here’s now!
Early morning shade makes it hard to distinguish anything but it’s clearly booming! In the front you can see that the two types of kale I planted last fall (that’s right, in about September of 2012) are still going strong. They have a lot of woody growth, but the leaves still taste good so I can’t bear to get rid of them. Some okra is springing up in the middle there.
And do you remember this patty pan squash plant?
Here it is now:
It has grown out of the bed and is almost reaching the next one over. It’s a little weird that 95% of the plant is outside of the bed itself but as with the kale, so long as it’s producing I’ll let it keep going.
You’ve seen some of the harvests make appearances in other blog posts, and we’ve had a good amount of veggies this year.
We’re just starting to really get some okra.
Such a strange plant.
I’m starting to get ready for fall planting – I’ve lamented that we haven’t had any greens for weeks so they’re the first to go into this bare patch.
I made an attempt several weeks ago to sprout some seeds indoors, but I think our house was just a little too warm to really get them going. They just languished while I tried dark corners, sunny window sills, shady outdoors, and full sun. Nothing worked. Oh well!
This is the point in the season that the amount of sun we get decreases by a lot. It just has to do with the shifting sun and the trees in our yard. Unfortunately it means that the fruit we do have takes a long time to ripen.
But the harvest has been good! I should have put something in this photo for perspective because these are all bigger than a fist!
The giant heirloom tomatoes were really fun – Mortgage Lifter and Brandywine both made amazing fruit. Each plant yielded about 10 big tomatoes, which seems kind of pitiful but that’s the way it is with heirloom varieties. I’m still narrowing down on my favorites, but I’ll definitely grow the Mortgage Lifter again. From tasting other gardeners’ tomatoes and previous plantings, I really like Sun Gold (cherry), Pink Girl, Black Krim, Early Girl, and a few others. My goal is to hit that sweet spot with the heirlooms where they have amazing and unique flavor, but are still decently productive.
Let’s hope these tomato plants keep going!