|Stir Fry Ready|
When you harvest the main 'head,' leave the stalk and continue to water, within a week you will have more little 'broccolettes' than you know what to do with. Start from seeds now the temperatures at night are around 75F. Plant nasturtiums and marigolds (tagetes var.) with broccoli.
Tip: let the bright yellow flowers develop on a few mature plants - the bees will love you - and then, when the seed pods develop and are completely dry, you can harvest the seeds and voila! You will have your own seeds for next year.
|Broccoli Seed Pods|
|Cut and Come Again|
Eggplants: Black Beauty or Ichiban Long. Prolific producers in large pot or in the ground. Watch for whitefly infestations. If you are bothered by these pesky flies, dust the affected leaves with diatomaceous earth until whiteflies leave/die. Grow now (Sept-Oct), either buy transplants for earlier crop or start from seeds. I think the Ichiban has a superior taste (just my personal opinion). The Black Beauty is 'meatier,' for a hearty dish. Both varieties need a lot of growing space and a tomato cage for support. Plant marigolds (tagetes var.) with eggplant.
Another variety to try is Dusky.
|Black Beauty Eggplant|
|Ichiban Long on Right of Photo|
Radish: Grow from seeds, I have Cherry Belle growing in the same pot as my Burpless Cucumber. I also have a few planted in cut down milk jugs (they don't need a lot of room). Radishes can also be grown with broccoli.
|Radish sharing space with Cuke|
Cherry Belle radishes should be ready in about 20 days.
Cucumber: Mine is Burpless, bought as a transplant. Grew to 3 feet high in 5 weeks and loaded with cukes. Use onion skins on top of soil to prevent cuke borers.
Tomatoes: Lemon Boy, Brandywine, Heatwave II, Cherokee, Sweet 'n' Neat and Early Girl. Last season I also grew Big Beef, Roma paste, and Sweet Cherry 100s. The Sweet Cherry 100s, and Lemon Boy are highly recommended by me. Grow any from seeds now or get transplants for an earlier start. You can even get them going in an eggbox carton. Water with eggshell water - empty, crushed eggshells soaked in water. When you transfer your seedlings to their permanent pots or the ground, put a banana in with the potting soil, they really like that. Plant petunias with them.
|2011-2012 Tomato Bed|
Two plant bushes are enough for two people. Pick them when they are the size as shown below.
Other vegetables that can be started now in October are: Beans Pole, Beans Lima, Collards, Corn, and Cantaloupes.