Well, it’s been another week without rain. We had a bit of a spit on Saturday, but it didn’t even measure in my rain gauge. I am not looking forward to my water bill! But the gardening must go on. Although I didn’t accomplish all I wanted to this weekend, I still got a lot done. Besides the harvesting and weeding, I planted more Scarlet Nantes carrots and Early Wonder beets. I also planted five kinds of lettuce: Tom Thumb, Buttercrunch, Black Seeded Simpson, Red Romaine, and Red Sails. I put up a quart of green beans (ate the rest!) and about five pounds of green bell peppers in the freezer, dehydrated three pounds of Pink Lady apples and 140 lemon drop peppers, and made two batches of hot pepper jam. Busy farmer weekend, for sure. It may be autumn, but the homestead is still hopping.
I’m still picking figs and now have about five quarts in the freezer, waiting to make fig preserves.
My green beans are still producing, and the lemon drop peppers are drooping with fruit that is starting to turn ripe.
Of course, my peppers keep coming in.
Yes, it’s mid-October, but here in the South we still see new life in autumn.
Almost all of my radishes are up.
My red clover cover crop has germinated.
The first watercress poked out of the soil the other day.
Because it hasn’t rained much in the past six weeks, the grass hasn’t needed to be cut much. Well, it needed it this weekend, and did we get a surprise. Unbeknownst to me, my watermelon vines grew through the fence, into the front yard – and there are five watermelons on those vines! (That’s in addition to the two growing in the raised bed.) Wow!
I’m seeing more tomatoes on my tomato “weed.” I hope they reach maturity before the hard frost.
The turnips are starting to “bulb” up.
My lemon drop pepper plants are so loaded with fruit, they’re bowing over!
My rocoto pepper plants are still flowering and putting out new peppers.
My key lime tree is flowering again…in the midst of ripening the limes already on it. Wow.
SIGNS OF AUTUMN:
My asparagus is starting to turn brown, a sure sign of autumn. I’ll be cutting it back next month and covering it with mushroom compost.
Please share what’s happening in your garden and on your homestead in the comments below. I’d love to know!