I often grow my fall transplants for a month inside, potting them up once during that time. My goal is to have them in the garden by July 15th. But this year I took a different tact. I had a lot of empty space in the brassica bed. So I transplanted them out yesterday as much smaller transplants.
I'm not sure how well they will do in the coming hot spell that is predicted. I hope I haven't made a mistake doing this. But you never know how things do until you try it.
The first chore was to rip out any plants that were still left. Most got harvested, but I had two red cabbages that never grew well and never headed up. Out they went. Once they were out I added a bucket of compost to the 5'x4' area and some organic fertilizer and mixed it in a bit.
When I planted them I put three michihili cabbage across the four foot bed. I put them along the chard since I figured the chard could handle their aggressive nature. On the other side I put two Rubicon Chinese cabbages. Last time they handled competition with them just fine so I figured they could do it again. On the way other side I put the two red cabbages. Now they are just competing with some choy sum which isn't much competition at all. And they will be ripped out in a month anyway. I'm hoping that giving the Michihili so much competition and lack of space will dwarf the plants a bit. And I might well pull one or two of them early.
As I was wandering around the garden doing odd chores I noticed the Heinz tomatoes. Can you see the Cherokee Purple that got mislabeled? That isn't good. The Heinz are determinates that will get pulled out early. They won't last long in the season. Near the end of August their space will be planted in spinach.
I'm also finding I hate two rows of tomatoes down the length of the bed, even with one of them being Heinz. I'm never going to find the tomatoes in there. I've got a lot of work to trim out the bottom branches to make them even partially accessible. Next year I'm going back to mixing my peppers and tomatoes in a bed. Peppers in the front makes life more bearable.
These are a patch of mixed sunflowers. So I'm not sure what I'll get. But if I save seed, next year it might be even more of a mixed up mash of different kinds. I'll have to pay attention to which ones I like best and get more seed from them.