Growing Veggies in the PNW: August Check-In

Growing Veggies in the PNW: August Check-In

Some TLC. Some mistakes only a beginner would make. No pesticides. A few batches with insufficient watering. Some bugs and mice. Some square foot gardening gone awry. Here’s how everything is doing, three months in.

Vancouver Community Garden


  • Broccoli Romanesco
  • All of the regular broccolis save one (the caterpillars apparently found them very tasty)


  • Cucumber (stunted plant w/ two tiny, prickly fruits)
  • Eggplant (hidden under the shade of the prolific beans)
  • Vietnamese Coriander (shocker, no one – tropical plants struggle in our climates)

Jury’s Out:

  • Red Peppers (why so small?)
  • Hot Peppers (one tiny pepper per plant)
  • Summer Squash (flowers, why so mildewy? Possibly needed a hand-pollination assist.)
  • Red Cabbage (taking over the garden, but may or may not ever produce a head)
  • Tomatillos (not warm enough?)

Average at Best:

  • Radishes (didn’t thin them aggressively enough and they were small and prone to rotting under the ground)

Top of the Class:

  • Savoy Cabbage (those that didn’t get eaten alive)
  • Cauliflower (though they discoloured, apparently you’re supposed to wrap the external leaves over the head to keep it white in the last few days of growth)
  • Lettuces (unstoppable)
  • Swiss Chard
  • Carrots (also should have been more ruthless with the thinning)
  • Peas
  • Bush beans (pickles coming!)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mint (so much mint. Googling what to do with mint.)
  • Chives

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