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Whee! Okay, since it's been a million years since I posted, this is going to be a bit scatter-shot:

We have a house full of gorgeous and delicious tomatoes (3 varieties) peppers (beaver dam, others not ready yet), carrots (both), cucumbers, ground cherries, and assorted herbs. Eric has taken photos of at least some of these which I'll post once they're uploaded.

All of the peas are done for the season, and the green beans are few and far between. I let them dry on the vines and we threshed them (which is a funny term to use when you're doing it by hand, but whatever) yesterday. The seeds are still a bit moist, so they're laid out next to an air conditioner for further dehumidifying before I pop them in the freezer for de-weevilization.

The purple pole beans are still drying; they're very large and were the latest crop of the four legumes. We didn't end up eating many of these fresh, but they should be good dried (after I've pulled out as many as we desire for seed).

All of the peppers and all of the tomatoes except the Federles are free of blossom-end rot. Apparently the Federles need more calcium than the others. I'll fortify the whole plot next year; I bought plenty this time around.

As far as next year's planting, I think we'll need more space. I also need to change the configuration a bit; having short herbs in front, medium "bush" plants in the middle and tall/climbing stuff in back works for some items, but not others. More to come....

Increase:
  • Ground Cherries
  • Basil - this needs its own space
  • Sugar Snap Peas - at least double the allotment
  • Carrots
  • Green beans - although might replace bush variety with a climber
  • Onions - these need a larger, dedicated plot. I'll bet they would work well in my big containers

Maintain:
  • Cucumbers - as mentioned earlier, my Boothby's succumbed to cold, but the 2 True Lemon plants are providing about the right total yield
  • Most herbs
  • All peppers - may also consider adding a chili
  • All tomatoes - this is about the perfect mix, or would be if I got a full yield of Federles

Decrease:
  • Sunberries - I don't love them enough for the amount of space they take/shade they cast. Interestingly, they seem to be sacrifical - something is eating their leaves but nothing else.
  • Radishes - smaller plot, more frequent plantings
  • Broccoli - again, too much space/light for its yield
  • Purple pole - may not plant again, yet to decide
  • Snow Peas - I'm thinking of planting only sugar snap next year
In addition, the perennials are looking good.  The rhubarb is lush, the strawberries are thriving in their container and want to go into the ground, and the raspberries, which surprised me by being blush-colored when ripe, are delicious and now producing nicely.

I never did get any endive/kale/spinach/radicchio in (as a result of not doing lead tests), nor did I plant any corn/sunflowers/melon (ran out of room).  Next year, I hope.

Next episode - adventures in tomato seed-saving.
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