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Name: Justine Jefferson
Bay Point, CA
Sep 20, 2016 3:20 PM CST
So the place we moved in to has a small garden and the guy that used to live here told us he'd be by to water the plants. Which was totally fine with me, I have no green thumb and manage to let cactus plants die LOL
But he doesn't come by anymore and I'd hate to see these plants wither away.
We have cherry tomatoes, corn stalk, chilis, and some other produce-less plants.
Are they unable to withstand fall? Should I bother fertilizing? If not when can I start bringing these babies back to life?
I plan on using food compost, probably more so egg shells coffee and tea. Anything I SHOULDN'T throw in? Like sugars? Anything extra I should??
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Sep 20, 2016 5:16 PM CST
Hi Justine, Welcome! to NGA

All the vegetable plants you mentioned (except for the chilis) are annuals. That means they will die. I suspect the previous tenant lost interest in caring for the garden when summer production slowed. Do you ever get frost over there? If not, the tomato will hang on a little longer. The chili peppers are tender perennials that, in your area, should do fine through the winter. Just remember to water them if it doesn't rain. Fertilizing this time of year is not necessary.

You can attach photos to this thread so we can help you identify your plants so you will be more prepared to take care of them. If you have a spot that you can start a compost pile, that would be a good place to put all those egg shells and coffee grounds. Don't add sugary foods or meat, just vegetable matter. You can add shredded paper like newspaper, paper towels, etc.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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