Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Expansion Continues

I was able to do some work on cleaning up the area in front of the potager.  The bearded iris had steam rolled over everything in their path!  The rest of the 'Immortality' clump was removed and the bulk of 'Clarence' was removed as well.  I was then able to fork the soil and begin to remove the bermuda grass, crown vetch and Canada thistle roots.  I was surprised that after seven years the soil is still in good shape.  I expected some thing on the order of bricks, but it was still dark and friable.

The biggest surprise was that several daylilies that I thought had been gone for years were still there, barely clinging to life.  I have moved 'Cherry Valentine', 'Totally Tropical' and 'Swashbuckler Bay' to an intensive care bed.

I still have a lot work ahead of me, but I should finish by months end.

The potager is in the back.  the cleaned out section is now 4ft by 6ft.

The massive bloom clusters on 'Reisenstraube' tomato keep getting bigger.  I hope it has a good taste as the production will be massive.

I'll not need more than bloom cluster like this!


  1. Those are a lot of tomato blooms! Hopefully they all set fruit.

  2. I hope you get to the tomatoes before the squirrels do. :o) It looks like you'll have a wonderful harvest.

    1. My squirrels don't bother the tomatoes, they are too busy digging in the pots. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they do set fruit.