I am STILL learning about gardening in THIS rain forest apparently. It’s a WEIRD year everywhere, yes, but for sure here…..a summer not very hot, alternating between wet and seriously DRY periods. Some plants seemed stunted, some natives of Mexico (Tomatillos) thrived. As of 3 weeks agi, I WAS about to QUIT watering, just quit wasting time.
The very LATE summer clear days have PAID OFF, although they aren’t all sunny….. Our early WATER WALLS, planting Russian varieties, planting sideways to encourage root growth, covering ALL of ‘em w/big plastic in June when it was SO SO wet, fertilizing with specialty stuff, etc etc….We’re NOT one of the FEW IN the Northwest eating ALL we want of delicious tomatoes, and harvesting even more….THIS GROUP of toms on the counter is a different GROUP of ‘maters than the one last week:
**It’s SINCE then, that the Oregonian Garden Columnist printed an article about all the sad Tomato growers in town….and the few who were succeeding like WE are, I’m a BIT proud to learn WE ARE doing things right…that OUR garden is producing MORE than most. What ELSE do we have?
**MORE tomatoes out there:
and another row of stupice:
AND, bragging*** yes, a third row:
**IF ONLY this weather sticks around for a week or two, we just MIGHT get a fancy Roma called: SAN MARZANO….ONE of ‘em is getting orange:
To illustrate, all the usual big varieties will finish the season this way:
The Tomatillos are ripening fast……..I’m very proud of these hardy tough plants:
They’re still blooming:
***The French FENNEL has MORE blooms/seedling starts than any year yet, and the bees LOVE this plant right now, I’ve never seen so many bees all year anywhere in the garden than right here:
THE CORN I almost gave up on? THIS afternoon, I am freezing about 6-8 pints of “sauteed corn” for that wonderful winter day you want some fresh tasting creamed corn….this year’s variety? An experiment our grower recommended …..(does it sound gay?): SUGARBUNS:
The PEPPERS are surprising me just how FAST they can make their mind to “become a pepper“………….all at once….They cayennes look artsy:
I’ve been PICKING Jalapenos & Serranos for the Tomatillos:
We’re also picking onions, all the spices we (& the neighbors) CAN use:
Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Mint, Chives, Green Onion, Celery, Rosemary…and our last Lettuce Batch is about to be ready.
I HAD to note these changes in the garden after whining most of the summer along with other Portland garden folk…..I’m having the BEST time getting something out of that little spot EVERY DAY !!!
We even have some great little dahlias giving us a bright spot out there: