Here we are again at the first of a new month. Time for comparison pictures of the garden.
Back on June 1st, this is what the raised beds looked like.
Same shot on July 1st.
And here we are today, August 1st.
I know I've got a lot of bare spots that I would normally have done some succession planting in but other things are yelling louder for my attention this summer. There's still plenty growing in the beds to keep me hopping with preserving and putting by. (I love that expression "putting by.")
The field garden on June 1st.
A month later on July 1st.
The field garden this morning. Everything in the garden seems to be three weeks to a month ahead. Except perhaps the squash. The vines are unbelievably huge (and trying to take over the acreage) but the squash are only about baseball size. I don't see how they'll be able to mature before being taken out by frost this fall. Growth in the field garden is looking unkempt and blowsy . . . kinda out of control, the way it usually looks at the end of August.
On June 1st, this was the pumpkin patch. No pumpkins this year but rather a cover crop of an oat and barley mix.
The pumpkin patch this past July 1st. Planted buckwheat was just starting to come up.
This is our scraggly showing of buckwheat which has just started to flower and which we'll probably be cutting down and plowing in shortly. We haven't decided if we'll try one more green manure crop here or just cover it with grass clippings and/or mulch for the rest of the season. Either way, I think what we've done to it this summer should make for better soil next year.
Boy, I'm not sure sitting down to do this post was a good idea. I'm feeling very sleepy and I still have pickles and peas to preserve this afternoon. Better get up and move before rigor mortis sets in.
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