We have had a very interesting summer. Spring was late and colder than normal and summer has continued that trend and not been as hot as usual. AND we have had lots of rain. Not so much rainy days, just frequent evening thunderstorms. Some towns have had bad storms with flooding and downed trees, but we have been lucky and mostly have just had rain. As a result, I have not had to water at all. Which has been very nice. Though it has been humid so powdery mildew has been a bit of a problem. It is always something.
In any case, the gardens have been pretty happy and things are ripening.
And garlic as well. They have been drying in the carport..it smells wonderful!
Today I checked the carrots and they were ready.
They are lumpy and irregular compared to grocery store carrots, but they taste MUCH better! They even smell “carroty”.
The girls are enjoying the carrot tops. As you can see they are back in the big run.. They were so unhappy in the little run I decided to just cover the holes and check on them often to make sure they haven’t made new ones.
I used a sheet and an old tablecloth. It is a band aid fix and will need a more permanent solution eventually, but it works for now.
The tomatoes would like hotter weather, but they have finally started to ripen. And there are lots of them.
And even after making a bunch of pesto to freeze yesterday, there is still tons of basil! I will make more soon. In the cold of winter, it will be delightful to enjoy homemade pesto…the taste of summer!
We have peppers coming, though they are still small.
The eggplant has flowers, but no eggplants yet. You can see that something is eating the leaves so it may be struggling. Hopefully we will get a few eggplants.
The broccoli is mostly done, but there is at least one more meal here I think.
The winter squash is flowering but no fruit yet. Mildew has been a problem for all the squashes and pumpkins. I have removed a lot of yellow leaves. But there are lots of green leaves left so I am hoping the plants will be ok.
We have Pumpkins! And a few gourds as well.
The Three Sisters garden is not quite as I had imagined it. The corn is up and looking good.
This is the only bean that climbed up the corn. I did try to guide them, but perhaps all the rain knocked them down. Or the squash just got there first. In any case it has been an interesting experiment.
We have had a few cucumbers and some zucchini.
Unfortunately, the deer have been enjoying the green beans.
The plants are still alive and growing, but every time I think they may be ready to flower, the deer return. So I am not expecting many beans this year.
But the potatoes look good.
I think we will have a good harvest. They still need another week or two, but I dug down in the grow bags just to see how they were doing.
It does seem that the bounty of summer is upon us…and will be for awhile to come!
And most important of all, the catnip is glorious this year…..