Are you asking yourself the same thing I am: "Where did summer go?". Oh sure, it's a nice 76 degrees right now, but the summer months just seemed to fly by, didn't they?
Jim was gone for a month in August so he could go visit his dad and attend the Wilkerson family reunion in Savanna, IL. I stayed home with the cat (he has to have meds twice a day) and took care of the garden and flowers as best I could. The last post showed what the garden looked like earlier this year. All newly planted and starting to take root were the tomatoes, kohlrabi, onions and radishes. Oh, and that's the Yukon Gold potatoes in the foreground of the picture above. We got quite a few good ones from that planter, and we have two more planters to harvest yet.
September Photo Collage
In the first picture, upper left, those are our pitiful zucchini plants next to the two tomato plants. Usually, those zukes go crazy, but this year just wasn't their year I guess. We had a very cool spring and well into July and part of August. It wasn't until almost the end of August that it finally warmed up enough to spur the plants to produce. Those are Early Girl ("improved" so they said) and just now coming on at the middle-end of September.
The acorn squash in the lower left picture did pretty good this year. I was surprised, honestly. This picture shows the last green part of the plant that is out of the shot in the bed. We got a few of the acorn squash and if the weather holds maybe some more. I'm going to clean them and put them in the freezer for this winter...if I can wait that long!
Those bedraggled looking vines on the lower right picture are what's left of the lemon cukes. They did really well for us this year and I would plant them again. They actually do get yellow, but they taste just like a regular cuke. The plants behind that are the kohlrabi and they too have done very well this year. If I get ambitious, I might harvest, peel and cut them up in chunks and put those in the freezer too. I'll have to look in my Meta Given's cookbook to see if that can be done successfully.
How Did Your Garden Grow?
I'm curious, how did your garden grow this year? Where are you located and what kind of weather did you contend with?