August Garden

2aJust wanted to take a quick tour through the vegetable garden to check on how everything’s growing.  There may be less than three weeks till the first frost.  Sometimes we get a frost in early September.  If we manage to skip that frost, often most of the month of September is good for growing.  Keeping my fingers crossed for warm weather so more of the tomatoes and squashes get a chance to ripen.a8

And hoping for an opportunity to enjoy the sunflower blooms before frost kills them.  a4The sunflowers lagged this year, possibly the weather wan’t right for them, too rainy. They have really taken off in the last two weeks.  We should see some flowers soon.  A few of the sunflowers plants are visible in the background of the photo at right.  The pumpkins and tomatoes have entirely covered their area of the garden.a7

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Brandywine tomato

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Early Girl tomato

In the tomato jungle, fruit is popping out all over.  I have picked a couple dozen Early Girls.  They are delicious fresh or added to cooking.  The first of the Brandywines is turning pink.  Can hardly wait to get some of that! Brandywine tomatoes are one of my favorites!

The mice and voles are making their presence known, but have not taken too much of my produce. They have nibbled a tomato, bean or carrot here and there.  Some will actually eat the carrots below ground level.  Not sure which ones are doing that.

a1Time to pick more beans, a job for tomorrow.  Bean canning ahead.  I have ten pints in the cupboard so far. Plus, we’ve had several servings of fresh beans, yum!

a3 Six or eight winter squash are developing on the vines. These are an acorn or dumpling variety with white and green skin and deep yellow flesh.  They are sweet eating, no need to add sugar, just a little butter.

a10The mini-pumpkins (photo at right,) are setting plenty of fruit. The hill that was slow to grow has finally spread runners and developed several nice little pumpkins.  I like to use these for autumn decorating, so I hope to get a bunch, if the rodents don’t gnaw on them.

a11Indian corn looks to be a good harvest this year.  The plants have survived one hurricane and several violent thunderstorms.  The silks are dying on the cobs which means the corn should be ready in three to four weeks.  a12This type of corn must stand until the husks begin to pull away from the tops of the cobs for the beautiful colors to develop.  The cobs have to nearly dry on the stalks before they are ready to pick.

And, the highlight of my garden, the bachelor buttons.  A wonderful accent and flash of color among all the vegetable green.  We had a heavy, pounding rain most of yesterday and last night so the tall plants were beaten down some.  I’m glad I didn’t thin them, they use each other for support.  The plants seem to have an endless supply of buds for flowers in a variety of colors.  I keep a vase full of the blossoms on the dining table all the time.  Fresh cut flowers from my own garden, a true luxury.a9

 

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