Next year: take the grapes more seriously!

Like: maybe use something a little less industrial than the hedge trimmer to control the growth?

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Late June Stuff – Tobacco & Adventurous Frog

Finally pulled up the over-wintered tobacco experiment — attracting whiteflies and takes too much space! On to the compost pile.A first: Froggy surprise in my tool bag! I often find frogs guarding the spinach & chard, sometimes 1 or 2 in a flower pot on the fern stand — they seem to return after being gone awhile. I love when they talk at night outside bedroom deck door…

Tobacco blossoms

Volunteers that popped up late summer 2017, slow growth over winter, so leaves are small & plants are short — during summer they’ll get 5 ft tall even outside.  We’ve also had plants overwinter outdoors.  Tough guys!  I need to learn more about how these plants affect bees that visit; nicotinoids are very toxic to them.  (BTW, those are shallots in the background, not weeds, but plenty of cleanup is overdue!)

Last Pepper Harvest: 5-6 pounds

Picked a peck (and a half) of peppers yesterday, the last of the 2017 crop. 5-6 Pounds.  There are still lemons on the Meyer, celery, lots of Swiss chard and spinach.  Time to clean up the pepper beds and plant for winter: beets, carrots, arugula, lettuce.  Experiment with Fall-planted Beefeater tomatoes:  they have blossoms on them, but not looking too robust.  Hopefully sunshine next couple of days will give ’em a boost!   Thanks for stopping by!

 

Mid-December Update

Picked a few lemons — many more to come. Prepping plenty of Peppers for freezing. Olives produced fruit this year, but may not quite push it out. Grapes also produced edibles at last! Greenhouse yielding lots of Swiss chard, spinach, peppers, arugula; need to replant, but waiting for the peppers to finish on the sunny south side. 7 Beefeater tomatoes 18” high and holding their own in these short days — a first-time winter experiment.Warmest Holiday Wishes to all Family & Friends!!