Container Garden Update — September 4, 2017


Despite the dry summer, the tomatoes, as a group, are late:

(L-R) Roma, Old German, Black Krim
(L-R) Roma, Old German, Black Krim

A closeup, looking down on the Romas:

170904 Roma

The Wednesday harvest. Mostly Oregon Spring. On the top right are Black Krim, bottom right are Cherokee Purple:

170904 harvest

Many of the Carmens will likely get harvested this week:

170904 carmen

For the Minnesota Midget melons it’s a race between ripening and the “funk” taking over:

170904 melon

The Trombonico didn’t do well this year. I get the feeling that bugs were attacking the fruits just for the moisture. It was that dry here. This week we chopped out all but the greenest growth with the hopes of getting fruit in the next few weeks:

170904 zucchini

And today we transplanted most of the winter veg (Arugula, Dill, Spinach, Mache, Chard, Winter Cress, Winter Density Romaine, Joi Choy, and Cilantro):

170904 winter veg 2

Some of the Romaine, Arugula, Joy Choi, and Bright Lights Chard went into the recently vacated Tomatillo EarthBox. The Tomatillos are now roasted, buzzed up, and frozen for Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.

170904 romaine, joi choy

Most of the rest went into the salad table:

170904 salad table

Everything is still a little floppy after the transplant. I’m guessing it all perks up by the end of the day today.


Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.

4 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — September 4, 2017

  1. Those tomatoes look good, as do the Carmens. I do hope the melons beat out the funk! I can see several peeking out among the leaves. We had a fairly normal summer and the Trombo did well. Last year it was way wet and they did nothing, so go figure.


  2. Your new transplants look incredible, that’s great you got them started so early. And your tomato and pepper plants look like they’re going to keep producing for a long while. It’s strange that the melons got such a bad case of powdery mildew when it’s been so dry, maybe that variety is just more prone to it.


  3. I wonder how much the extensive heat and long dry spell affected the crops. Though the boxes keep the water coming, the air was pretty dry for a looooong time, which may have stolen moisture from the plants and delayed fruiting. Just spitballing here, but if I would think that heat (at least the heat we had) would have been good for them, but it doesn’t seem to have been so.


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