At Its Peak
So this is my little plot with all its fantastic glory, still intact! Things really started growing late July!
I now have a lovely healthy pickle cucumber plant (bottom right), which despite its slow start seems to be the strongest of the bunch. I think it really likes the trellis as opposed to the circular cage I gave the other two english cucumbers. You can see the red coming on the red pepper in the front, yipee! The snap peas grew to 6′ tall, blew over, and were recovered. It was the mildew that eventually took them down for good, probably because I had so many plants together. My cherry tomatoes had to be supported with 6′ spikes, they began growing all over the place uncontrollably. The potted tomato plant is so top heavy it actually took a tumble the other day, I’ll try planting it into the empty space you see in the front. I’ve started pumpkins, carrots, and a second batch of zucchini late in the season so hopefully they get a chance to bloom before the cool comes, can’t hurt to try. I’ll pop some lettuce seeds in there too tonight for a possible late summer romaine harvest.
After all the things I’ve seen this year I am so excited to start planning for next year. Plant-specific soil amendments, the correct kinds of support, and different mulch (or none at all!) are at the top of my priority list. Watching each plant blossom then produce has been an important lesson, so I’m sure I’ll be succession planting for a longer harvest too!
It’s not over yet, we’re getting into colored peppers and cucumber time!