Change of pace in the harvest this past bit and the garden is in a state of flux and contemplation right now.
Cut back most of the Sweet Basil, Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Lemon Basil and Purple Ruffles Basil, and Scallion.
Decided to clear out the Watermelon bed and found that most of the melons had already separated from the vine.
We have been eating the few ripened tomatoes in groups of 3 or four, not enough to photograph. Tomato salads have been a favorite lately: cut up some Tomato, Basil, Green Onion, drizzle on some olive oil and balsamic. Add cheese if you want. Addictive with fresh Tomatoes.
The Plants themselves:
Malabar Red Spinach:
Old Watermelon Bed:
Spider mites got on the Oleron Yellow and Yellow Perfection. We took the easy but painful route of tearing them out. There are two nice big mystery tomatoes on one of the surviving plants in the back, once they ripen we will probably take them out too.
Greenhouse Pepper and Greens
Freshly transplanted from hardening off in the rack in the background. Genovese Basil, Chocolate Pepper and Malabar Red Spinach (MRS) in the back row. The netting in the back needs to be properly set up for the Malabar Red Spinach. It seems that preliminary plantings of MRS grown so far have big, broad lower leaves, lots of flowers, and vine, halt growth and then produce fruit and die off. What happens if the flowers are cut off once they form? The Greenhouse will be perfect for the MRS because it likes hot weather and grows rapidly, making the best use of the weather as it heats up this September.
Here are some of the Late Summer/ Fall sprout-lings:
Yellow Perfection, Hillbilly, Blondkopfchen, Julia Child’s’, Malabar Red Spinach, Summer Savory, Purple Ruffles Basil, Fern-leaf Dill and Cilantro.
I always love starting new seeds, such a feeling of accomplishment and pride as they progress onwards in their growth.
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