Work continues outside today....time to clear out the dead and dying tomato plants, and pull out the bush beans and prepare the beds for a fall planting of lettuce, beets, chard and Brussels Sprouts. (I think I will skip garlic again this fall - it ends up taking valuable garden space well into the spring, which slows down the summer crop planting.) This means starting those fall crop seeds, which I hope to do today as well. Some areas of the garden are very impressive in terms of aggressive weed growth, so it will be somewhat of a chore. Best news about the big garden - front row Sungolds continue to produce well, and tomatillos are finally starting to set lots of fruit. Worst news - no more bush beans, and very few cucumbers and summer squash. But we've no complaints - it's been a very good season for all of those things.
I am also making final preparations for a garden talk on heirloom tomatoes at CommunEcos on Friday evening at 6 PM - see my NC Tomato News page for details.
As for what I will be blogging about going forward, with perhaps a bit less frequency.....multi-part updates on my various 2011 garden projects, updates on the Dwarf project, plans for 2012 - there will always be something to talk about - so keep reading! I will be especially interested in your feedback on varieties my seedling customers grew this year - what you liked, didn't like, varieties you wish I would carry next year, and varieties that you think should be discontinued. Either post as blog comments or send me an email. This will help greatly as I make my plans for 2012.