On Wednesday, I shared with you pictures of the first half of my garden (beds 1-9). If you missed it, check out Part 1.) Today, I’ll share with you the rest of my garden (beds 10-20) in the midst of seasonal transition. Be sure to click the links included so you can see how each bed looked last month.
BED 10 – Kale, Escarole, and Arugula
This bed was fallow last month, but the past weekend, I planted Scotch Curled Kale, Batavian Full Heart Escarole, and Arugula. I then mulched with grass clippings.
BED 11 – Snap beans
One month ago, the seedlings hadn’t even come up yet. Now look at my second planting of snap beans! They’re now flowering. I’ve got Beurre de Rocquencourt wax beans in the back of the bed, and Black Valentine green beans in the front.
BED 12 – Peruvian peppers & swiss chard
These lemon drop peppers and rocoto peppers are growing like crazy, despite the heat! (Click here to see them last month.) They’re so big, you can’t see the chard in the back of the bed, though you’re not missing much. They almost died, but it looks like there are some new leaves coming.
BED 12x – Eggplant
My eggplant may be taller than last month, but they’re not as bushy. Although eggplants love heat, this summer was brutal. They lost quite a few leaves in their distress and produced about half the fruit they normally do. Maybe I’ll get some more fruit now that the weather has cooled off. (Black Beauty eggplants are in the back of the bed, and Listada de Gandia eggplants are in the front.)
BED 13 – Raspberries
I planted these canes in March this year, and they’re doing well. They do look a little less healthy than they did last month, but the sun really beat them up. However, they are still fruiting and ripening. In fact, I’ve harvested about 5.5 pounds of raspberries so far. I’m told that I shouldn’t be able to raise raspberries in Charleston, but I am!
BED 14 – Asparagus
You can’t see much change in my asparagus from last month – except a few ferns are starting to turn yellow as fall approaches. My Mary Washington asparagus (back of the bed) didn’t do as well this year as last year, but during the summer, it started to fill in. Alas, my newly-planted Purple Passion asparagus (front of the bed) didn’t come up like it should have. I have two little plants in the middle, but that’s all. I think I’ll just let everything reseed on its own.
BED 15 – Dixie speckled butter peas
What a difference a month makes in the summer heat of South Carolina. My butter peas aren’t as lush looking as they were last month. A couple of large grasshoppers didn’t help either! They ate all my initial harvest of butter pea pods. They have since come to the end of their circle of life, thanks to my Garden Wilson. And now, my butter peas are flowering, full of bees, and producing small pods again.
BED 16 – Fallow
This bed has been fallow since I pulled my garlic up in June and has been used, off and on, to hold the grass clippings I use for mulch. Last month, it was empty. This month, I’m digging into a mulch pile. This coming weekend, I’ll be planting Parisienne and Scarlet Nantes carrots in this bed. I’m a month late with that, but it’s been too darn hot until recently.
BED 17 – Lima beans
Ah, my poor lima beans. They’ve been eaten by grasshoppers and brutalized by the sun for much longer than my butter peas. (Click here to see them last month.) I’ve harvested quite a bit from this bed, but I’m hoping to get more before frost. I noticed that they’re starting to flower again, so I’m hopeful.
BED 18 – Beets
Last month, this bed was fallow. This past weekend, I planted Chioggia and Early Wonder beets. Again, I mulched with grass clippings. Grow, beets, grow!
BED 19 – Peppers and peanuts
Compared to last month, you can see the peppers have grown. The peanuts (in the back of the bed) are still spreading out. It’s a good thing less than 25% of my seed germinated. I had no idea how wide peanut plants get! One plant had a branch hanging off the side of the bed; when I went to push it in, I saw several peanuts growing on it! Wow! (Yes, I pushed them into some dirt.
BED 20 – Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs
Since last month, I pulled a couple of the Black Krim tomatoes in the back of the bed and trimmed the other two. I’m hoping I may get some more tomatoes out of them. The front tomato plant (a Wisconsin tomato) already has fruit growing on it again. Yippee! The chili pepper plants are fruiting well again now, too. In the middle of the bed are summer savory and basil, which will get harvested (and dried) this weekend to make room for Purple-Top Turnips.
Again, if you missed the August pictures of my garden set up and beds 1-9, go to How My Garden Grows in September Part 1. Next month, I’ll post pictures of my beds again, to see the changes another month brings. (And, for a little tease, at the end of the year, I’ll present a slide show of my garden through the seasons. 🙂 )
How is your garden growing?