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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Winding down - 2013 veg bed
Before all that going 'pfffft', I gathered up all the ripe toms and peppers from the veg bed.
I'm sorry to admit, I kept hoping these rain events would materialize over the past week, so did not water the already-parched veg bed. Poor things. The tomato vines, which suffered not a jot of septoria this season, have now succumbed to lack of watering.
I did empty a good 30 gallons from the rain barrels on the bed, but I think the toms are done for this season.
All in all it was a pretty good tomato crop this year - plenty enough for my freezer, salads, and a big batch of spaghetti sauce for Mom.
Next year I won't grow Bradleys, or any yellow tomatoes at all. Still not sure about the Amish paste.
But definitely San Marzanos (3 were enough for all our needs) and a Rose Quartz (I just love these tangy tomatoes). And the Bush Goliath actually do give a nice crop of slicing tomatos even grown in pots.
I'll get some JetSonics too and then have, in total, only 6 plants. That will free up some fence space for a trellis to grow my fave Sweet Success cukes. I really missed those this year. The Bush Champions, grown in pots up by the deck, were nice, but certainly did NOT produce enough fruits to satisfy!
The bean plants, which have been watered regularly, are still producing some beans.
The peppers and kale responded really well to the barrel drenching and perked up right away. There are still a lot of Anaheim and Jalapeños out there to ripen.
Next day update:
Aw crap! You thought the tomato vines looked bad yesterday - check out today.
Certainly NOT (after all) a case of lack of water. This sure looks like a case of LATE BLIGHT! (<= click for 2009 tomato tragedy) In 2009 the blight was rampant. I've heard nothing about it THIS year and I wonder why the heck I've got it?? Any clues?
Anyway - the vines come out today. *sigh* And out they came. *sob*
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