I took a break from work today and walked around the yard and garden. We had a busy weekend and I really didn’t have much time to be out in the garden so I thought I’d catch up.
After wandering around for a few minutes I really can see the signs fall coming. The garden just feels “spent”, if that makes sense. The plants are still producing but I am starting to see the first signs that things will be coming to a close soon.
Here’s a good example of what I mean by looking “spent”. The cucumbers are looking a little rough. We are still getting 2 or 3 a day but you can tell the end is coming.
The raspberry patch is also looking a little worn out but it is still producing like crazy.
The fall broccoli is looking good! It gets a little droopy in the afternoon heat but the plants are getting bigger and will be getting heads soon!! There in the front of the bed you see our celery is ready to start harvesting.
Here’s another bright spot. The fall peas are looking good. If we could get things to cool down a bit more I’m sure they will really take off. But they are already blooming and we have a few peas on the way!! The small patch of carrots at the top of the box are also doing well and will be ready to harvest in a month or so.
The main garden is now getting a lot of shade from the neighbors trees. You can see the melon vines are starting to die off and you can even see a few ripening pumpkins in the picture.
Here’s a different view of some of the melons. You can see they are pretty much gone. We have about 8 water melons left to ripen and most are getting close. I figure a week or so and we will be done with water melons and cantaloupe and will be left with just the Crenshaws.
All the tomatoes in the box beds are looking about like this. With just a few tomatoes left to ripen.
The main garden tomatoes are looking a bit better and will continue to produce till the frost comes. I didn’t expect these plants to do as well as they did so I didn’t use very strong cages on them. You can see the Crenshaw melon patch on the left, these are the only melon plants that still look healthy.
Here’s another view of the main garden. You can see the peppers at the top of the photo, which are still looking healthy and are producing a lot of peppers. The pepper are maturing slower now with less sun on the plants, but they are still loaded with fruit. You can also see a few more ripening pumpkins in the picture. We are excited about our pumpkin crop this year. I count at least 15 pumpkins. Most are on the small to medium side but there are a few that will make very nice jack-o-lanterns.
These spent looking potato plants are actually a good sign. That means it’s getting close to time to dig potatoes. I’m really hopeful that we will get a good crop of potatoes. I’m a little worried about the bed they are in. It’s a new bed and has only had a year or so’s worth of TLC. You can see the soil still needs a lot more compost and is very sandy. But the potatoes seem to have done very well here so I’m hopeful we will have a big haul!!
How is your garden doing now that it is September???