I’ve been a little lax about my blogging here lately. Seems like there is always a million things to do and I never get around to blogging. But I was out in the garden last night with the camera so I thought I’d post a few pic’s of how the garden looks here in the middle of September.
As I walked around the garden last night everything feels a little spent. It is that time of year and most all of the plants have a burnt out look and feel to them.
The popcorn has ears growing. I’ve checked a few and they seem to be filling out well. We should start to see the stalks dry out soon and the corn will start to ripen! But it will be at least 2 or 3 months before the ears have dried enough to use. There really are a lot of ears, I think we will have 30 before we are done.
The raspberries are still producing. The patch looks pretty good for a first year patch. Next year there won’t be any corn stalks shading them so I think it will fill in nicely.
This is the only celery plant that didn’t bolt to seed. I think our poor soil really hurt the celery, along with a lot of other plants this year.
The cucumbers also have that end of season feeling to them. And they have really slowed down their production the last week or so.
This kale is looking great! Now we just need a couple of really cold nights to kill of all the aphids that have set up shop on these plants.
This Red Russian Kale is one of many small plants we put in about 3 weeks ago. These won’t really mature until spring and most will be protected by a hoop house most of the winter.
This is still what most of the tomato plants look like. All GREEN! I’ve never had tomatoes ripen so slowly before. I experimented with planting the tomatoes closer together this year and I don’t think I will try that again!!
More Green tomatoes!!
The parsley is looking very good. We have just started using it in a few dishes. I’m tempted to put a small hoop over these plants and try to keep them through the winter.
The basil is getting a little out of hand. We have been using it all summer and we have kind of grown tired of it and the plant is going to seed. I need to get out and cut off some leaves and dry them for the winter.
This is the zucchini bed, it to is looking very spent but it has produced really well and we are starting to get a little tired of zucchini any way!!
Can you see that little crenshaw melon hiding in the leaves? There are 8 or 10 that size and I’m afraid they are not going to get finished before the frost.
The home melon patch has been a big disappointment. Not a single melon from this patch so far this year. I think they need more sun!
The pepper plants are still going strong! There are another 20 or so peppers growing.
The fall/Winter spinach crop is coming along. We have been fighting some leaf minors that past few weeks. We spent some time over the weekend crushing eggs and pulling off damaged leaves in hopes of bring them under control.
This bed is now just kind of a mess of overgrown broccoli, cabbage and kale plants. All of these (except the kale) will come out this weekend and head for the compost pile.
The fall broccoli is looking great! These plants should be ready for harvest in late October or early November.
This is a site you won’t see next year. We planted a couple of pumpkins but we have decided they just take up too much space. So if we plant pumpkins in the future they will have to go up front in a flower bed or something. But this year they are doing great. There are 6 nice sized jack-o-lanterns on the way!
The fall carrots are going to be disappointing. The major amounts of rain the last 6 weeks really set these guys back. A lot of the seeds were washed away and the seeds that survived had to struggle through the rain hardened clay. So I’m thinking that for the first time in 6 years we won’t have many carrots in the winter.
The fall lettuce is starting to come up. This is Oak Leaf and will be in a cold frame.
There are also a couple of nice heads of Nevada lettuce growing as well. Most of this bed will be planted in a couple of weeks with the seeds we have started indoors.
And of course one of the high lights of the year has been our strawberries. You can see they are still growing strong, with lots of blossoms and about 1 1/2 pounds of fruit a week!
Well there you have it. The Stoney Acres garden in very early fall. Now we just need those dang tomatoes to ripen!!