Harvest, Tomatoes, and Fall Plantings

Some of our tomatoes are blushing and we are beginning to harvest more than we can eat daily.  In a week or two, we will need to begin canning the tomatoes in order to use the mountain of tomatoes we will soon be taking off the vine.  This is also the time of year when all we're going to plant for harvest before the first fall frost must be in the ground.  An exciting time indeed.

Red and Yellow Blessings.

The sun sugar tomatoes are tiny, orange-colored super-sweet tomatoes when ripe.  They are viny and grow in grape-like clusters.  We don't can them, of course. They are too small.  Rather, we eat them as fast as we can pick them, atop pesto, on a bruschetta, any way we can think of.  

The last of the enormous yellow onions for the year have been plucked from the soil and, with them, some of the curing garlic snoozes before the whirring fan in the garage.

The spring carrots are harvested and the fall seedlings begin to tickle through the mulch and get themselves some sun.

We finished the lettuce from the spring planting, and the new Romaine and arugula begin to show themselves through the hay on the lettuce bed.

We planted Zucchini in the first-evacuated purple-onion bed earlier this summer.

Yes, all is going as planned down on the urban farm and our transition from spring planting to summer harvest to fall planting couldn't be smoother or more productive.

Trying something new this year, I planted onion seeds (Vidalia) this morning in the space created by the removal of the spring onions.  We do not expect them to grow to maturity this year, but rather hope to harvest some onion sets this fall that we will store over winter and plant in the early spring/late winter.  Fingers crossed.

We have a lot to discuss with the ripening of the tomatoes which constitute our largest crop, checking on the potatoes planted around the yard in compost heaps, keeping an eye on our late seedlings, and many other things to come.

Until next time, let it rain!

Ed Peterson
Author and urban grower


  1. Quite informative. Well written and interesting.


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