I have a plot in a community garden that is not where I live. So what with being busy and it raining when I might have been gardening, it has been at least a month since I even looked at it. I went to look at it today and was surprised to see everything doing well. I had mulched it heavily, so there were some weeds, but it was not overtaken with weeds. The tomato plants there are a bit spindlier than the ones in my home garden which has much better soil. They have tomatoes on them, but no ripe ones. Cabbage was pretty chewed on by slugs and didn't head up as nicely. Onions that I planted from seed last fall are doing great, about golf ball size, which is about as good as I ever get; these may yet get bigger. Squash plants are wandering all over, including one that escaped the bed and is travelling down a path. They have squash on them.
Applestar gave me some roselle seeds, from which I got two plants. One is in the community garden and one is in a container on my deck. The one at the comm garden is doing much better, some combination of more sun and being in the ground.
Pulled the cabbages there and planted beans. Harvested onions, basil, anise hyssop, as well as the cabbages. Weeded everything and renewed the mulch -- a thick layer of pulled grass and weeds (of which there was plenty in the paths between the beds) covered by a thick layer of partly broken down fall leaves. I'm really liking the brown + green mulching I've been doing this year. Works well as mulch, feeds the soil nicely, and as a bonus the bed alll mulched in leaf mould looks beautiful; the effect people get mulching their flower beds with dark colored bark chips.
Obviously the plant and forget would not have worked in a less rainy year, things would have dried up. But it is a sign to me that we probably fuss more than we need to... Nothing was diseased; I didn't see any signs of pest damage except the slug holes in cabbage.