EarthBox Update — September 22, 2013

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

21 pounds of produce today, a new single-day record. That brings us up over 180 pounds for the season, including 65 pounds of cucumbers and 70 pounds of tomatoes.

The wind was picking up as I was taking this picture and preparing to bring everything inside. It’s now raining really hard. It looks like I got outside (and back in the house)  just in time today.

092213 harvest

The Roma tomatoes seem to have hit their “timer”. Here’s a picture “before” the big pile above:

092213 roma before

I picked the ripe fruit and pulled a bunch of dead and dying vines and leaves:

092213 roma after

The Lemon cucumber got cut down after this pic:

092213 lemon cucumber

The regular (Marketmore) cucumbers may not be far behind:

092213 cucumber

The brussels sprouts are ready. Finally:

092213 brussels sprouts

The Brandywines. One handle of the kitchen shears is below them for reference:

092213 brandywine

The first of three pictures of peppers – Gourmet:

092213 gourmet

Gypsy peppers:

092213 gypsy

King of the North:

092213 king of the north

The original basil is still hanging in there:

092213 old basil

The younger basil looks.. better:

092213 new basil

Last pic. The Romaine starts. Only one of the eight holes that I seeded really “took”. Yesterday I added more seed to the rest of the holes:

092213 romaine

 

5 thoughts on “EarthBox Update — September 22, 2013

  1. Ack! It’s time to get serious about pulling the basil. The North Seattle forecast:

    .TODAY…CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS NEAR 60. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.

    .TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. NORTHWEST WIND TO 10 MPH BECOMING WEST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

    .WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. HIGHS NEAR 60. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

    .WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

    .THURSDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 60S. SOUTHEAST WIND TO 10 MPH BECOMING WEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

    .THURSDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 40S.

    .FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS IN THE MID 60S.

    .FRIDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN. LOWS IN THE UPPER 40S.

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  2. Not having the nice concrete slab that you have and the diminishing sunlight/temps, I pulled the basil over a week ago, the peppers yesterday and I am seriously considering pulling all of the tomatoes today. I am not sure I am going to get anything to ripen on the vines beyond what is out there right now.

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  3. Something ate all of the lettuce starts. Or the super heavy rain tore them to pieces. I’m now trying covering them loosely with an upside tupperware to see if it’s the rains doing them in. I’m guessing something munched on them though. Bummer.

    Also, it’s about five degrees cooler here than it is in Seattle proper. We’ll see how much and how for long the concrete helps.

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  4. As long as you have sun hitting it, you are in better shape than I am. My guess is that snails/slugs got to your starts, but it could have been a squirrel or raccoon just as easily.

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  5. I’ve never seen a raccoon in the yard, and the squirrels stick to the top of the fence or in the trees. I think they’re all aware that a dog lives there. It still may have happened though.

    I pulled back the plastic cover and didn’t see any slimy predators.

    Given that a packet of seeds is $1.50 and four somewhat grown plants might run $3.00 — I’ll probably hit the nursery in the next couple of days for stuff that’s more established, and further along by a couple of weeks. I’ll try the seeds again in the spring.

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