Thursday, September 5, 2013

What's Left

Ok, back from vacation and back to gardening! So what's alive and what's gone?

The last melon plant was removed. I was hoping that last tiny melon would ripen before the plant died, but no such luck, fresh melons are off the menu until next year. The soil will be dried in the sun for a bit before the containers get covered for winter. The flower pots and the Planet pepper plants were moved to different sections of the roof.

Planet pepper plants were moved to a full sun location, something I should have done ages ago.

The Jasper cherry tomato plant is plugging along producing a handful of fruit about once a week. I stopped trimming off new growth so the plant has gotten a little wild, but that just means more flowers, which means more fruits, so I'm not complaining.

Japanese Black Trifele tomato. I thought this plant would succumb to fungus weeks ago, but it looks like the organic fungicide did a good job of controlling the spread of the disease.

Several new fruits appeared while I was away.

The Beaver Lodge tomato plant finally got hit with disease. I sprayed it with Actinovate to slow the spread.

I want the second crop to have enough time ripen on the vine.

Giant Aconcagua pepper plant. 2 plants did not have any fruits that would have time to mature before cold weather arrives so they were removed.

Butterbean soybeans are still going strong.

Cosmonaut Volkov tomato. Just 3 fruits left.

August 22-September 4:

Cherry Tomato (Jasper F1): 1.875 ounces

Soybean (Butterbean): 4.875 ounces

Sweet Pepper (Giant Aconcagua): 5.375 ounces

Sweet Pepper (Planet F1): 1.25 ounces

Tomato (Beaver Lodge): 1 pound, 2.0 ounces

Tomato (Cosmonaut Volkov): 2 pounds, 2.0 ounces

Tomato (Japanese Black Trifele): 5.5 ounces

Total Harvest: 4 pounds, 6.875 ounces

Running Weight Total 2013: 47 pounds, 6.375 ounces

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  1. thanks for sharing your garden and documenting it. I am going to grow Jasper tomato in 2017 and your page came up in google image search.

    It seems like your plants may be malnourished looking at the color and shape of leaves? or maybe its a tough environment with extreme heat and pollution on the roof? I struggle with getting enough light in my gardens because of tall trees and with blight on tomatoes.

    1. This photo is from pretty late in the season so the plant is just worn out. The roof is tough environment to grow on so by September plants usually look pretty tired. Hope your Jasper tomato is growing well!


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