What a difference a week or two makes! A couple of weeks ago, we were suffering under a brutal summer sun without rain for three weeks. Since then, we’ve had about 5 inches of rain and haven’t seen the sun in ten or twelve days, thanks to a low pressure system camping off the South Carolina coast. My fall planting was delayed earlier due to the intense heat; now I can’t seem to finish planting because of the rain. Well, at least what I have planted is starting to germinate, and my plants are continuing to respond to the cooler temperatures.
My beets are starting to germinate. Unfortunately, a blasted squirrel dug into the center of my beet bed, planting acorns. (I hate that critter!) I’m hoping my beet seed will still come up in that area. I have quite a few chioggia beet seedlings, and my early wonder beets are not far behind.
I have one little brussels sprout seedling – so far.
I have a couple of red romaine lettuce seedlings and quite a few red sails lettuce seedlings already.
About half of my arugula has germinated so far.
Because I was tired of not getting good germination on my escarole, I sprinkled the seed in rows like you would do with carrots. I figured, I could always thin them out later. Well, conditions were right, the seed was good, and I have LOTS of escarole seedlings.
I have several kale seedlings, too.
IN THE GARDEN:
My Seminole pumpkin vines are going crazy in this cooler weather! They are not only growing around several beds, but are also growing through and up my fence on two sides!
Here’s what it looks like as you go around the corner. (Can you find the pumpkin on the bottom of the picture?)
I counted 12 pumpkins growing on my two vines at the moment. Wow! And, look at the size of this pumpkin leaf!
Remember when I told you that all my black futsu squash vines were dead? Guess I was wrong. What I thought was a pumpkin growing was actually a black futsu squash. Among all those pumpkin leaves is a black futsu squash vine still alive!
It seems that whatever was eating the baby fruit on my three elderberry flowers has stopped. (Bird? Bug? Who knows.) This is what I have left. I love the magenta coloring on the stems.
One day last week, I was sitting in my living room and saw a bird land on my patio with something large and green in its mouth. It kept dropping it and picking it up – trying to kill it, I assume. It was a tomato hornworm. I didn’t know I had any of those left in my garden, but he was welcome to it! (I had to zoom in on the bird so I wouldn’t scare it away; sorry for the not-so-perfect picture.)
Among my pumpkin vines, I found my strawberry watermelon vine growing up the fence and flowering.
My resurrected petunias (three of the four are coming back to life) are starting to flower again. Here’s one fully open bloom. The plant has red flowers, but this one isn’t red. Cool, huh?
I know fall is officially here because my chrysanthemums are budding and blooming.
IN THE KITCHEN:
Remember all the pear tomatoes I picked unripe when I pulled the plants? During the week, I’ve been removing them from the closed paper bag as they start to blush orange and putting them in a basket near my window. They’re ripening up nicely and taste very good!
To see this past week’s Garden Bounty, click here.
What’s happening in your garden?