Community Garden Update






One of the eggplants is blooming! I really didn’t think it would survive this long. I had wee lettuce transplants started for when the eggplants died and needed to have their withered corpses replaced by edibles, but it looks like the lettuce will just have to live in my backyard in a container. There are a bunch of other buds forming, too, on all four of the plants.




The tomatoes are doing fabulously. The ones in this bed are a little further along than the ones in my backyard plot. I don’t know if that’s because they’re different varieties (Red Alert vs Sweet Million), or if it’s because the community garden bed is smack in the middle of a field and gets no shade ever unless the planet is in the way of the sun. Whatever it is, the Red Alerts are very happy plants. Lots of fruit, and lots more blooms still coming.




The ground cherries also seem pretty happy. I’ve never seen one of these in action, so really have no idea how they’re supposed to behave. Mine have been very, veeeeery slow growers all season, but exploded once they got past about six inches tall. The seed packet said they spread 2-3 feet , and I didn’t believe it, and only planted them 1.5 feet apart. Because I’m in Newfoundland, and dammit, NOTHING grows as big as it’s supposed to here except for some reason zucchini. They’ve started shading each other. Hopefully they’ll just cope by growing upwards.




The asparagus peas (which I have determined are impossible to photograph non-fuzzily) are another big surprise. I tried them out on a whim, but discovered post-planting that people have trouble growing them in temperate climates… They really do enjoy lots of sun and heat. One person from Ontario said they’d always failed when he tried them, except for one year when he was living in Jamaica. So there’s that. But they’re still alive, and some wee scarlet flowers have opened up.


We are having an unusually warm summer this year, and I’ve been trying to help along the warm-weather things by using my row covers as a greenhouse substitute. And, as I mentioned, there is no shade on that plot. I’m still surprised so many plants are not only alive, but possibly thriving. 

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