Today I thought I’d give you a brief update on the garden. Above are the beets I transplanted last week. They are among the few things that have taken well to the garden. The various cabbage and cauliflower seedlings I planted have been walloped by the bugs. Seeing these tattered leaves is very humbling. It gives me a whole new appreciation for the challenges organic farmers face, and crop losses they must endure. It’s evident why organic is more expensive! I certainly don’t begrudge them their prices after seeing my poor results.
This pathetic collard was dug up by my sister’s dog, an unexpected garden pest. Bad dog! It was marginal to begin with. Poor thing didn’t have a chance.
And the ones I showed you two weeks ago seem to be suffering from “failure to thrive”. What’s an amateur gardener to do? It’s not looking good for my cost-benefit analysis.
They are not all doing so poorly. The lettuce seeds are coming up. And this little Chinese cabbage has been spared by the pests so far.
My prolific zucchini plant is looking bedraggled now, but it is still producing some fine fruit.
Yesterday I planted some broccoli raab and braising greens starts. We will see how those do.
They only had to sit on the patio for five days before I took pity on them.
All tolled I’d say the fall garden is off to a rocky start. I got a late start because I didn’t have the heart to rip the tomatoes out earlier. I’m hoping the weather will be kind to this soft-hearted gardener and allow the new crops to flourish as the summer ones did. If not, we will be eating nothing but frozen zucchini for the foreseeable future! At least I have a bunch of zucchini recipes on hand.