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Weeds and all

I got around to weeding the veggie garden when I was pulling out the peas, and I must say I have never seen so many exotic – and sturdy – weeds in my life. I think it might have been the horse manure compost we used this year – combined with the heat and the rain.

Next year, I am going to take Ricky Kemery’s advice and put straw mulch down between all the rows and plants. I know the weeds couldn’t have been any good for the pepper plants, although the tomatoes don’t seem to be minding much.

Having been last week to the Historic West Main Street Farmers Market recently, I started to be in dismay of my beets. The market had beautiful big ones on sale, and the woman I talked to swore that they came out of her garden. My tops are barely 6 inches high! This may be because I planted the beets on the end of the garden, where perhaps the fertilizer was not spread as thickly.

I had to laugh at fellow blogger Frank’s posting about his Brandywine tomato from Cathie Rowand. His, he says, isn’t doing too well, while I think mine, also from Cathie, is doing terrific. It has only three tomatoes on it so far, but because it’s not a hybrid, one can’t expect super-big yields. I think the weed debris I put around the bottom helped.

By the way, those of you who haven’t visited the market (3 to 8 p.m. Fridays), you will find a nice selection of veggies and fruits now. Give it a try!

The Journal Gazette
Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)