How are all the garden's doing?

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How are all the garden's doing?

How are you all doing now that we are in the thick of summer? My garden is doing ok, but not wonderful. A mix of disease, heat, and poor rain patterns have made it a hard year for gardening for everyone in this area and I was gone a long time.

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My tomatoes are doing great. I've given up on the peppers and about to give up on the squash too. Trying to figure out what to plant next year already! LOL

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Yay for tomatoes and for planning next year.

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I'm just letting things happen. Generally, my garden looks great! We've picked peppers, tomatoes, beans, raspberries, lettuce looks good, carrots are growing. Beets and chard are doingh something strange. Broccoli has some sort of worm that I'm just not worrying about. Potatoes seem to be fine. It seems my zucchinis and pumpkins are all succumbing to powdery mildew. Melons have been a flop I think due to soil conditions.

On the other hand, compared to no veggies, it's WONDERFUL!

Here's Ivy enjoying the garden:
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Very nice!

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Anything I can plant this late (zone 5) that will produce before it gets cold at night? I want to dig up the squash and plant something there.

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Hmm. Not sure. I would think lettuce would work because it likes colder weather and does not take long to grow. Peas also like cooler weather. Most things that go in the ground can handle cooler weather (onions, carrots).

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"tink9702" wrote:

Anything I can plant this late (zone 5) that will produce before it gets cold at night? I want to dig up the squash and plant something there.

Radishes grow quickly - and if you don't care that you actually harvest them, they are AWESOME for the soil because they pull up all the deep nutrients. If you "chop and drop" the ones that you don't eat and leave them as mulch to decompose and plant in, then you get all those nutrients in the soil the following year. Best if you use a non-seeding variety, though the fact that it's a short season means that likely it won't seed itself anyhow. Tillage radishes (Daikon) are used for this at the large scale agriculturally. They are supposed to be good too (though I'm not a radish fan). I've just seeded my entire garden to these Daikon radishes (flowers too!) in the hopes that they break up our hard packed soil as well... And I'm in Zone 3!