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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Post Transfer 2 of 2: Report on the State of My Garden in Late October

I returned to the field the other day, dismayed to see that the cold had taken its toll on the sesame leaves and basil. All was wilted, and most was eaten by bugs. There were a few pleasant surprises though.

For instance, here we see that as late as late October, cherry tomatoes are still growing.

Being a novice, I didn't realize how much staking and stringing the little guys need, so most of the fruits had fallen to the ground. Nonetheless, it looks like one made it to fruition while on the vine. Success! Even the big tomato plant, which only bore one or two tomatoes throughout the summer, had some big, green fist-sized ones on the vines.

Hrm, something is amiss:

Who is that lurking in "my" garden?

A real live rabbit, enjoying some rotten sesame leaves and my neighbor's fairly healthy-looking pepper plants. I found it odd that the little critter preferred the peppers to my carrots. A true Korean rabbit, I suppose.

Yours truly, hard at work. Speaking of carrots:

I didn't weigh them, but I'm guessing it came out to about 4 kilos. Pretty good for one inexpertly-planted row. Enough for 2 weeks of carrot and cilantro soup!

The weather is cold enough that nothing else will grow - the mint, basil, sesame leaves, green onions, chives, tomatoes, and pumpkins are all on their last legs. Plus, I wasn't motivated enough in the early autumn to plant any winter greens or radishes. Thus, there's nothing left to be done at the Teot-bat until sometime next spring. Rabbit friends, you have my permission to eat any and everything; all I ask is some fertilizer in return.


wimdog said...

mikdeats on a roll! i like your green thumb, makes me regretful i didn't do my balcony garden again this summer.

Dave said...

Once you have that rabbit [even more] fattened up it's going to taste delicious.

Excellent plan, Mike!

sarah said...

On the Eastern Shore, we can get grape tomatoes into late October; however, they aren't nearly as sweet as they are at summer's height. I let them sit on the counter until they're almost overripe, then simmer them down into a sauce to maximize their sugars.

Mike said...

Rabbit self-stuffed with carrots and pepper leaves? It's like he's begging to be eaten.

Sarah, your veggie knowledge is truly admirable! Please return to blogging soon.