Despite my post-holiday funk, it isn’t all bad news here at Henbogle. Even without us, the garden is productive (just not producing as much of what WE want). Dan is picking more blueberries as I write, and earlier this summer, Mom dug our shallots and garlic, both of which look great. The shallots appear to be more evenly sized this year although a bit on the small side — unsurprising considering they were abandoned to fend for themselves amidst the weeds and weather. I need to weigh the shallots but I counted 74 heads of garlic.
Today I did another walk through and pulled a few weeds (a little rain yesterday helped that effort) and had a closer look. The pepper plants are mostly looking healthy amidst the weeds. If I can get them weeded we may still have a decent crop of peppers. I pulled a couple of leeks, which are holding their won amidst the weeds. If I can get them weeded, fertilized and a bit of water they may fatten up a bit.
The tomatoes have a lot of green fruit and some ripe, but I can see leaf spot and some sort of blight has hit a couple of plants, sigh. I picked a few ripe tomatoes and pulled a few weeds, but I suspect the tomato season will be just about over. Ah well. Clearly I should have seeded the entire garden with a cover crop. I’ll know better next time.