Sunday, 18 September 2016

Garden Journal September 1–18

September 18, 2016
Notes:

  • The nasturtiums are growing extravagantly
  • Cosmos still blooming, but the leaves are turning brown. Saw some perfectly formed seed heads today.
  • The few wild strawberries planted under the currant bushes have sent runners all over the bed 
  • The tomatillos are still small inside their 'lanterns,' which are still very supple and green. Not ready yet. The plants themselves are branching widely. Still new blooms, so the harvest will likely be gradual.
  • The bee balm is reaching the end of its blooming period
  • The columbines are spreading into a thicker patch


Tasks:

  • Tied up tomatoes that were flopping badly
  • Duct taped new connector hoses on rain barrels to keep from popping off in heavy rain
  • Gave the cauliflower more beetle casting plant food. It has gotten more vigorous since first feeding, but no flowers yet.
  • Cut off and bagged squash leaves with powdery mildew. With our ongoing intervention and the recent rain, the outbreak is much more manageable.
Harvest:
  • Tomatoes: 2.9 kg
  • Beans - 0.4 kg
  • Peas - 0.1 kg
  • Greens - 1.1 kg
  • Herbs - 0.3 kg
  • Kale - 0.2 kg


September 16, 2016

  • Replaced UV-damaged connector hoses on rain barrels

September 15, 2016
Harvest:
  • Tomatoes: 0.2 kg
  • Kale: 0.1 kg

September 14, 2016
Tasks

  • Pruned squash
  • Pruned tomatoes
  • Checked fruit trees for pests, found none
Harvest
  • A small amount of green beans, salad greens, 1 tomatillo

September 11, 2016
Today Spirit from Permaculture GTA led a community permaculture talk at Garden@Kimbourne. This is the first in a series of similar talks that will be happening in neighbourhoods around Toronto. We had an extremely engaging discussion about food, community, and the importance of integrating sustainable practices into our modern world. We look forward to sharing details of the next session when it is scheduled.

Harvest:
  • Tomatoes: 1 kg
  • Beans: 0.8 kg
  • Lettuce: 0.4 kg
  • Herbs: 0.2 kg

September 4, 2016
Tasks:

  • Water
  • Cut off any new squash leaves with powdery mildew. The outbreak is practically under control now
Harvest:
  • Tomatoes: 1 kg
  • Basil: 0.2 kg
  • Lettuce: 0.2 kg




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