Patio Gardening 2010: Week 21 – Summer Winds Down

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Things are getting back to normal here. I finally have my camera back so we’ll have some half decent pictures again.

Temperatures have certainly cooled off over the past week. Highs this week are in the 70s, so it seems like fall is settling in. The gardening season is winding down and soon we’ll be done for the year.

The pumpkin, all the cucumbers, and the lettuce are dunzo. The cucumbers had a hard fight this year, especially with the relentless powdery mildew. Next year we want to grow cucumbers again, so I think we’ll look for a powdery mildew resistant strain.

We didn’t expect much from the pumpkin, we just wanted to try it really. It didn’t work out but that’s okay.

Our squash plants are still going, but we’re not going to get any fruit out of them. Our hypothesis is that our patio just doesn’t get enough sunlight for the plants to thrive properly.

The tomato plants are still going, though they are still sickly thanks to the red spider mites. We’re just letting nature take it’s course with that one.

The peppers aren’t looking so hot, but there are still little peppers growing, so we’ll let them do what they do until first frost.

And the basil is trucking along. I’m willing to bet it will be the last plant standing.

No video yet this week. It’s unclear whether we’ll get one up before the next weekend. I swear we will post another video before the garden is done for the year!

For those who are new, this year the boyfriend and I are doing a little container gardening experiment where we are trying to grow various herbs and vegetables on our patio. We live in the city of Chicago, so traditional gardening is out of the question. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to instantly receive the posts each week and also check out our previous posts. Feel free to subscribe to our Youtube channel as well.


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