Monday, August 26, 2013

Farm School Summer Series Week Ten

Can you  believe August is almost over?
We've still got at least another month's worth of heat and humidity,
but planning (and planting) of the fall garden is underway.

Thankfully, overcast skies made our work a bit easier.

Today we focused on tomatoes.
These seedlings started last month
were going to make their way into the main garden.

These are the Celebrity variety.

This is what they look like when they're all grown up.

One row had been completed, 
so we were on to filling the rest of the pots with these magical treats.

We posted Lynn's method for planting these here.

After watering in these new transplants,
we moved onto the next tomato task.

These cherry tomato plants were looking mighty tired.
They just didn't perform as well as expected this year.

We tore them out and cleaned up the pots to ready them for

a couple of Roma starts.
These were first attempted earlier this year,
but we didn't have much success with them.
Hopefully, the timing of planting will improve our chances.

We gingerly place them in their growing space
with a loving thought for their health.

Much of the okra is still doing well.
It's one of the few crops that will bounce back in the summer.

Faye showed me this cool retractable rake.
It can be used in narrow spaces,

or fanned out for larger areas.
Made of aluminum, there's no need to worry about rust or corrosion.
Pretty neat gadget, huh?

In the next few weeks,
we hope to transplant more seedlings
and get a jump on the fall growing season.

Enjoy the slower time of year  
to reflect on future gardening goals.

"Rest is not idleness, 
and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day 
listening to the murmur of water, 
or watching the clouds float across the sky, 
is hardly a waste of time."
-Sir John Lubbock

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  1. Hope your cherry tomatoes and romas do better this time around. Sometimes things are just hit and miss! That retractable rake is neat. I really like it!


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