The Victory Garden hasn’t been as “victorious” as I had hoped it would.
It started out beautifully. I had my plants in the ground before Memorial Day, did some fertilizing with coffee grounds, and didn’t need to worry about watering because the weather had been cooperating with us.
I had to do my first “mowing” of the garden in mid-June. We tried using garden fabric this year to cut down on the weeds, and we will definitely be doing that again.
Something that would typically take me well over an hour to weed by hand takes me about 15 minutes to mow, rake and trim around the plants. The bonus to this method, whenever we cut or trim, it’s mulching the garden at the same time!
We had an abundance of tomatoes starting in July, all the plants were doing amazing. We’ve grown broccoli and cauliflower in the past, but have never had such beautiful heads!
We literally ate broccoli with dinner almost every day for a week! The plants are still producing, but not in the abundance we saw in July.
I also planted about a dozen celery plants to make stock with. The thing I love about homegrown celery, it has a really rich flavor. I love eating celery with just a little bit of salt, but the homegrown stuff is so rich that I prefer to use it in cooking rather than raw. I also don’t tie up my celery plants, so they don’t have that nice shape like when you buy it in the store.
Remember when I said our garden hasn’t been as “victorious” as I’d hoped? The reason being is our tomato plants have been dying from the top down. Not all of them, only a few different kinds; we’re pretty sure it’s late season blight.
The one plant that is still doing beautifully is our Brandywine, which typically isn’t as disease resistant as other tomato plants. It’s growing so large that it’s starting to span over 4 cages!
We will see how the plants hold up for the rest of the season, or if the blight will take its course.
Any tips to prevent or combat blight?