Seedlings of expression and Annelie - welcome, and thanks for following the blog!
Lord knows that plenty of tomato pictures have been displayed on the blog this year, but the two in this post are actually quite special - well to me at least...You'll understand my excitement after reading. In this first photo is a Brandywine tomato which is being grown in a 3.5 gallon swp, and came from a sucker that was rooted from the large plants in the big box. The fact that a decent sized tomato came from a plant growing in such a small swp makes me quite happy, and the plant itself is growing like crazy....
Photo below - while checking on the sweet potato plantings the other day, I noticed a tuber protruding from the soil. That's always a good sign, and expect that several more are beneath the surface. Sweet potatoes are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to grow, especially since I seem to do well with them.....
Photo below - here's the remaining watermelon that is supported with knee highs. After removing this one from the vine, the cleanup in this area will begin. I continue to learn about melon growing, and have a feeling that next year's results will be the best so far.
Photo below - the one that fell from the trellis a while back continues to get larger, and should be ready in about 3 more weeks. It's growing on the same vine that produced the even bigger one from 2 weeks ago, and needless to say - there is something special about this particular vine. The best part, is that I know what it is, and will try my best to duplicate it in future plantings. Woo Doggie!!!
And lastly, here's the first Kellogg's Breakfast tomato of the year! I just hope the stinkin' squirrels don't get it. It's located in the area where the squirrels have hit the hardest, and i'm planning on growing corn here next year. Hopefully the trap that's being constructed will turn out well, because they like corn too.....
In other news, more leaves have been added to the compost bin that's got a batch cooking in it right now, and it looks like at least 1 more bag of grass clippings will be needed to heat things back up again. The other 2 bins are completely finished now, and will likely be covered with plastic until next spring.
I'll likely go ahead and accumulate several bags of curbside leaves this fall, and do some no-turn composting in the remaining 3 bins. Afterall, I've got enough finished compost to last for 2-3 years, and can let them just sit for that amount of time. Yep, my composting situation is gonna be smooth sailing from here on out...Hehe.
Also, the melon vines growing in the 18 gallon swc by Jude's pen have new life! New growth began to appear about 3 weeks ago, and now has a small melon on it. With about 7-8 weeks left before the first frost arrives, there just might be enough time for it to reach maturity. We'll certainly give it a shot!
Take care, and happy gardening!