Summer Harvesting, Fall Planting

I have been so busy in the garden that last week I simply couldn’t post a blog.  Some of the fruits of my labor are in my pantry now.

Sometimes I can't face eating any more of something,but I know this winter, I'll enjoy it.

Sometimes I can’t face eating any more of something, but I know this winter, I’ll enjoy it.

In the Plot Against Hunger garden, the zucchini and summer squash succumbed to the bore worm, so we ripped them out and replanted for fall and winter.  Some of the seeds are already coming up.  We planted beets, carrots, cauliflower, radishes, peas, romaine, Chinese cabbage, and a few more squash in hopes they might bear.  We kept the okra, which are still bearing, the chard, which will winter over, and the kale, which will probably do alright once cool weather returns.

Our seedlings are up, and this weekend's rain will be helpful.

Our seedlings are up, and this weekend’s rain will be helpful.

In my own garden I’ll be wanting to plant for fall as well, probably some of the same crops we put in the Plot garden.  I’ll have garlic to add, of course and hope to do that this week or on the weekend.  My beans have finally begun to bear and they are delicious.

Sunday afternoon's rain break harvest...

Sunday afternoon’s rain break harvest…

The okra are beautiful.

The flowers on these never fail to astonish me.

The flowers on these never fail to astonish me.

A few of the summer squash are hanging on and producing, but probably not for much longer.  I’m getting a lot of peppers and the eggplants are producing as well.

Some of my peppers have been turning red.

Some of my peppers have been turning red.

Of course, one of the joys of this garden season is the best crop of tomatoes I’ve had in years.  I think it may be because the summer has been mild—warm enough for the tomatoes, but not brutally hot.  It’s rare to have a garden that’s still lush in August.

These might be ready later this week....

These might be ready later this week….

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