Hey everyone! I'm going to try a slightly different format today... a little more explaining as I go. Thanks for visiting! :)
This morning in the front garden.
A pretty good example of a late August garden. Leaves yellowing, plants dying back. Weeds neglected, but they're beginning to die too. Still, certain things are thriving. Those pole beans back there were so slow to produce this year, but this morning I picked my first few handfuls.
I've probably said it each week this summer - but seriously, this overturned tomato cage trellis system for cucumbers is fantastic. We only planted two beds, each about 4 feet long, and I think we've pulled close to 5 bushels of cucumbers from these couple of rows.
If you're short on space, definitely give this a try. I think they'd grow even taller and perhaps produce more given the space, next year we're going to use taller cages.
The first handful of pole beans! What a long wait it's been.
The potatoes are slowly dying back. A little later this year, but I think I planted later too. I hope they're doing okay under there... my early sneak peaks have given mixed reviews. We really do need rain at this point, I think they'd appreciate some of that very much.
This morning in the back garden.
Oh, the back garden. I'm not sure why I thought it was a good idea to have this angle be my main weekly shot. Those pole beans (yes, more back here) and the tomato plants sure do block the view. As does the chicken tractor in progress... ahem.
This is a little better! Taken from the other side.
Adam brought me up a milk crate to sit on while picking beans and it has become my very favorite part of the garden. Such a back saver! My aunt came over to help pick beans and I think she picked for 1 1/2 hours and only got through 1 1/2 rows. We have no bean shortage this year, that is for sure. Plenty for eating, plenty for the freezer, more than plenty for sharing.
Everyday there is something to harvest, tie up, pull back, thin, or mulch. And probably water, too. I'm experimenting this year with not actually watering the garden (aside from early seeds), and depending solely on the rainfall. This week has really been the first where I've started wishing (on behalf of my tomato plants) for rainfall. We are definitely in need now. I broke down last night and watered the tomatoes, so hopefully they'll continue on their ripening journey - which is so slow this year. My neighbor has been gardening here for twenty years and does not recall a later tomato harvest. People have a lot of ideas about why that is... too much rain, too little rain, too humid, too dry... but honestly, I think this summer has felt quite typical so I can't quite make sense of it.
This week I started picking a few that are nearly ripe, it seems we've turned the corner. I just hope we can get these nearly 40 plants that are dripping with fruit ripened before it cools down too much.
But... (and I'm knocking on every piece of wood around me)
... so far, no late blight. But I am keeping the closest of tabs on things and remaining hopeful.
How are your tomatoes doing? Late? Early? Abundant?
This is the state of my squash beds. Kind of dwindling, kind of pest filled. What a weird year. Summer squash and zucchini produced abundantly, even with the vine borer infestation. The watermelons are slowly ripening, muskmelons are fragrant, ripe and incredibly juicy (though not very sweet....?), and the red kuri is hanging on, even though it faced root rot and then vine borer, but they are smaller than the ones I've brought home from the farmers market in the past.
This has been the most temperamental part of our garden, and of course that means it has taught us the most. There are quite a few things we'll try differently here next year.
- floating row covers in the early part of the season, before flowering
- more vertical growing options for butternut
- even more space overall (although the summer squash had plenty of space)
- if we do suspect vine borer, try digging it out (I know, gross) and replanting the stem in the soil
I actually didn't take too many pictures of our harvest baskets this week, it is all happening so fast! We picked about three times the amount of beans as pictured here and dozens of cucumbers.
But those tomatoes? That is what we wait all year for. Finally!
This week we are harvesting:
- salad greens
- bok choy
- swiss chard
- pole beans
- bush bean
- yellow wax beans
- haricot verts
- new potatoes
- musk melon
- basil, dill, cilantro, oregano, mint, lemon balm
- yellow squash
- TOMATOES! just a few :)
I'm joining Amanda today...
What's happening in your garden? Feel free to share a few thoughts (or a blog link).