It’s been about a week since I visited my 3 community garden beds, bringing along a cooler for the veggies I picked. My plot at WildWest Community Garden had a few onions ready to pull, a couple of peppers and two handfuls of basil. ( I have since learned you should never pull onions, but rather dig them in order to prevent damage to the plant).
From there I went to the church gardens and harvested a bunch of chard, kale, more onions, a couple of carrots and a couple of small stalks of broccoli. The cooler was full so I decided I’d come back another day to cut more chard and dig more onions. As it turned out, I kept putting off cooking the chard and eventually had to throw it out which made me feel badly.
I also harvested more basil from my plant on the deck that has produced the largest, most amazing leaves. I made another 1 cup batch of pesto with these leaves. I also picked a few tiny, grape sized tomatoes. My son and I discovered that the tub intended for sweet potato plants and that had been empty, was bulging with water from a couple days of rain. I took the opportunity to make a few images of the potato blossom and the potato and tomato plants in containers on the deck. The tomato plants on the deck look much better than the ones in my plot at the WildWest Community Garden. I really think the biggest difference is the soil. The plants in containers are in Miracle Gro Organic gardening soil and/or potting soil.
I also removed 13 tomatoes, 12 from the Kibets Ukrainian plant. All suffered from blossom end rot. Unfortunately I don’t know whether I amended the soil with crushed egg shells as I had intended. This is supposed to supply calcium. The day I transplanted most of the tomatoes was so hectic that I forgot the egg shells when planting some of them. Our abundant rain could also be the cause of the rot rather than a calcium deficiency. Guess it will remain a mystery.
On the one hand, the amount of food I have harvested so far is a rather disappointing amount considering the effort involved. On the other hand, I also realize that a lot of the work was due to the fact that 2 of the 3 gardens were built from scratch. Since it’s my first year to garden vegetables, I’m definitely on the steep part of the learning curve. I do feel like I’ve learned a lot. The most important knowledge I have acquired is that I have so much more to discover. Lessons learned will be another post.