For most people August is that last blast of good summer warmth, the time of vacations, beaches, Maine woods, lakes, and escaping the cares of home and work. For me this is true as well, but August is also the time when the garden starts to look a little end of season. Things dry up and dry out in the heat. Flower stalks need clearing. Weeds thrive.
Today the garden was drooping and I gave it a good soaking with the hose. It has not been a particularly good year. Too cold for too long and then too wet as well as cold. I haven’t had enough to can, really, which I’ve done for the past few years in small batches. This year, I’m eating things as they come on.
Still, in a garden you can always start over. I’m thinking of fall crops, including a new batch of garlic in the next few weeks. But with all the signs of an early fall, who knows whether a crop of greens will last into December or get hit with an early freeze? That’s why I often stick to root crops in the fall. Meantime, I’m looking forward to some more squash and basil and the first eggplants.