Things are starting to wind down from the summer here at Stoney Acres. The plants are looking spent and we are getting the last of the warm season produce. Here’s a quick tour of what’s going on in the garden.
The tomatoes are still ripening and the plants really look pretty good. There is some cold weather approaching for the next few days and then it will warm up again. I think we will keep the plants in the ground and see if we can get some more of these tomatoes to ripen on the vine.
There are still a few summer squash maturing. I don’t think the plants will hold out much longer, they are starting to show signs of some kind of blight or disease. But we will still have some fresh Zucchini and yellow squash for a week or so.
The popcorn seems to be coming along. We pulled a few ears this week and they are dry, but not quite ready so I think they will continue to ripen in the garden for a few weeks unless the weather really turns bad.
As you can see the melon patch is spent. We picked and ate the last water melon this week, the remaining cantaloupe that you can see don’t stand a chance of ripening this late. We will probably pull all the plants out this week along with the cucumbers you can see in the background.
The everbearing strawberries are still doing well. As you can see we are still getting flowers. This late in the year chances are slim these flowers will ripen, but they may still have a chance.
As the weather has cooled this Tuscan Kale plant has really come on strong. Kale really likes the cool weather and the taste will really improve after the first frost.
The bell peppers are pretty much done. They most likely won’t survive the upcoming cold.
This may be my best crop of winter carrots ever. The carrots in this bed are healthy and already starting to size up. They will be ready for eating and will be one of the few fresh veggies we will get to eat in December and January.
The pumpkins are still struggling to ripen. You can see two in this picture one will make it, the other on the bottom left is still up in the air.
The raspberry patch is still going strong with a lot of berries still to ripen and pick. Last year we had ripe berries until November.
The winter garden is coming along well, this second bed of carrots are also starting to size up and will be ready to eat in early December.
This is our favorite type of lettuce, it called butter crunch and is really good this time of year. We will start thinning this bed and eating the thinning’s in salads, that will let the other plants continue to add size.
This bed contains more lettuce on the right and some pac choy on the left. These will be the first greens ready for harvest in about 30 days and will then be replaced with mache (corn salad). Which is already planted between the rows.
These big plants of sorrel are ready to eat any time and will be covered with the cold frame soon for eating all winter.
If you look really close in this picture you will see the first of the winter mache coming up. This won’t be ready to eat until February but will be a welcome addition that time of year.
Well, there’s where we stand at the first of October. Things will be a lot less impressive 30 days from now as the first frost approaches and even the first snow. Soon the only fresh veggies will be tucked inside the cold frames.