I think I can safely say the unbearable summer heat is gone. Finally! Temperatures are in the low 80s during the day, but they’re getting down to around 60 at night. Maybe NOW my fall crops will germinate and grow. If only we could get some more rain. We had a half inch this past week, but it’s not enough after several weeks of nothing. That said, I’ve been pretty lazy in the garden the past couple of weeks, and I need to get out and replant several crops and prep the beds to plant the onions, garlic, and spinach next weekend. I think I needed a bit of a break, and I took the holidays as a great time to do that. Now it’s back to work because things are starting to pick up in my garden.
As you can see in the photo at the top of the post, my morning glories are still flowering. They’re drawing the butterflies and the bees, along with my veggie flowers.
I can’t wait for these flowers to open up! It’s a double bud on my Amish pie pumpkin.
Yesterday, I found the first string beans and lima beans on my plants.
My key lime tree has produced a couple of new fruit along with the others that are still growing towards ripeness.
I found the first black futsu squash on my plants yesterday. However, my excitement turned to frustration when I cropped the picture for posting here and saw a pickle worm actively boring into the small fruit. Argh! (Look at the bottom right of the fruit.)
I’m wondering if it’s the pickle worms causing portions of my cucumber vines to shrivel. Something is boring into the vine and killing it from that point onwards.
Okay, this guy isn’t a problem, but it’s too bad he doesn’t eat pickle worms. I found him in my sweet pepper bed this past week.
GROWING & SURVIVING:
On a happier note, more of my raspberry canes are sprouting new life. I think there’s hope for a spring harvest, afterall.
Of the nine artichoke plants I had, four have survived – two green ones and two purple ones. With all the rain we had during most of the year, then this long dry spell, I’m surprised they’re alive at all. If they survive the winter, I’ll plant a couple more next spring.
My peppers are starting to increase production with this cooler weather. This week, I harvested an entire basket full in one day. Here’s my bed of chiles.
My cilantro is starting to grow well now. It’s liking this cooler weather.
The purple top turnips are looking great!
I have a handful of beets growing. (I need to plant more.)
What’s happening in your garden?