Late Leafy Lettuce if I’m Lucky

I went outside with the intention to just pot up the parsley plants.  Figure I’ll do a little bit at a time since I’ve got all this work-work to get done.  I ended up being outside I don’t even want to say how long. 

I potted three of the parsley plants after picking quite a bit from all the plants.  I still have one in the ground.  I’ve got to check if they’re frost tolerant or not.  I know the sage, rosemary and chives are perennials and will be okay.

I ended up poking around in the sweet potatoes and finding two scraggly looking but very tasty sweet potatoes.  I sprinkled a little bone meal on the ground, scratched it in, watered it in, and finally put the plastic on the empty squares in front and in back of the sweet potato plants.  Since the potatoes in the plastic bin did so well and the surface was covered, I’m hoping it will work here.  Plus the black plastic will warm the soil.  And if you think about it, with the plants in the bin, you’ve got the sun shinning right on the bin warming up the whole root area.  Another reason for growing them in the bins next year.

I also drastically pruned the tomato plants and pulled up a few that had none or only a few tomatoes on them.  With the vacated space, I planted some lettuce seeds.  I guess I’m finding the enthusiasm to try the hoop house or a version thereof.  I’m thinking it’s still warm enough for the lettuce seeds to germinate.  And the package says it only takes 30 days to get harvestable leaves, so I’m giving it a shot. 

I finally picked the turnip greens.  It took almost two hours to wash, pick and blanch them.

I’ll have some space where the cucumbers are pretty soon because they’re beginning to die out.  09-02-08 (10)

I can start some lettuce inside now and transplant in a couple weeks and do the hoop house thing on this box too.  Even though the collards are frost tolerant, I’m sure they’ll last longer with the protection.

I made the trellis for the cucumbers with some bamboo poles I got from a FreeCycler (love that FreeCycle).  In their previous life the poles were part of a bamboo curtain or room divider.  I was able to make five ladder type trellises like the one in the blue container.  For the cucumber trellis I put one on each side of the raised bed box and then laid two poles across the top.  Instant trellis.  I spray painted the poles black so they could blend in better.

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Got to get back to the work-work.

Happy Gardening!!!!

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