Green Thumb Up My Nose

Garden Report for 120924

Warm all week, with hazy smoke that kept the nightime temps in the mid 40’s

The Red Tide is starting, sortof. Forty-two tomatoes totalling five and a half pounds (i.e. two ounces each, on average). The S-100 pot on the deck is done for (I harvested the last 20 or so and cut it down Sunday evening), but for cherry tomatoes I still have the two hanging baskets, and the one S-100 I planted in a cinderblock in the KHG wall is actually doing well (but very few ripes).

In the KHG, the chard is doing well, now that I’ve triaged out the leaf-mined leaves, and the edible amaranth is suddenly growing. We had some of both in our salad. The edible amaranth leaves tasted like eating leaves. There appears to be six or so onions that survived the squash shading, and the asparagus is fighting back gamely.  The corn is hanging in there, and the diatomaceous earth seems to have warded off the cutworms — maybe — it’s hard to tell what’s old damage. Friday I forgot the soaker on sections 3 and 4, so the corn and chard got about four hours of rainfall. On Saturday, I did the same for sections 1 an 2. Honest forgetfulness. Squirrels have avoided my trap and have dug about ten holes in the corn and the chard.

On Friday night, the big summer squash plant died. Not sure why. I came out in the morning and all its leaves along its full ten foot length were hanging down in that boiled spinach look, not the usual dry droops. There didn’t seem to be any damage, like a broken stalk, that could have caused it, and we certainly didn’t have any frost. I cut it out in sections, trying not to disrupt anybody else. This will open up some light for the onions and spargle. If I have time on Monday I’ll cut it into chunks small enough to go in the mulch basket. There’s an unrelated summer squash vine over on the east side that’s still providing.

Monday: Harvested one big (i.e. big enough to sell in a supermarket) and fourteen small (walnut to plum sized) tomatoes, totalling just over a pound, all from the containers.
Wednesday: Four more tomatoes, under half a pound total.
Thursday: Two smallish spaghetti squash – 2lb and 1lb.
Friday: One big tomato and two small, totalling one pound
Saturday: 20 mid-sized tomatoes, totalling 3lb, and two more small spaghetti squash, 2.5lb total.
Sunday: One 2lb spaghetti sqash and one 1lb summer squash

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