It's been a bum summer for the garden anyway. Long, very cold spring/early summer followed immediately with hot, hot weather and then another cold spell again. The poor plants and seeds didn't know what was going on. (Neither did the gardener.)
This morning we woke to find an overnight temp of 42 degrees. Ugh. If that isn't a signal that the end is near for the garden, I don't know what is.
Between the weather, the flea beetles and larvae from fruit flies, it's not been an easy gardening year.
Basically, the root crops seem to have done well. Haven't dug potatoes nor pulled carrots yet and won't do so for a while. The mangels and turnips I grew as experimental supplemental food for the poultry this winter are huge. I've still not harvested and processed beets for us, but they look big and healthy waiting patiently in the ground for me to get to them. Root crops almost always do well in our climate so no surprise there.
The sweet peppers for stuffed green peppers are late but doing okay in their cold frames. I checked my records yesterday and at this time last year, I had the freezer chock full of stuffed green pepper meals. This year I've harvested only three matured peppers.
None of my flowers bloomed as well as usual, and my Sweet Peas were a complete dud.
The cabbage moths got into the broccoli so the worm-free harvest of heads was minimal. Happy to say though, we have more cauliflower in the freezer for winter consumption than ever before.
The flea beetles have hit the cabbages hard. Both the red and green varieties are just now starting to form heads. They are late, late, late.
Tomatoes . . . ha! Some cherry tomatoes are finally starting to make their way toward red ripeness. Although they may decide to turn back to green after experiencing our morning temperature.
I picked and processed the last of the yellow and green beans day before yesterday. Good ol' beans. We'll have plenty (and then some) for the year.
Although our pumpkin vines are long and lush, the green, green fruits haven't yet reached full size. Don't know how they'll have enough warm weather now to mature this year.
Blueberries are still coming on strong. We just spent $90 to purchase a large, good quality netting that will cover all three rows of the bushes next year. That will save so much time and hassle covering the three rows separately as we've been doing this year.
I think I've given an update on most everything else in the garden previously so that's all for the record for now.
This not being a stellar gardening year is not sending me into a tailspin though. I'm ready for a change of season and a change of my daily routine. What's on my fire (besides good, dry firewood -- haha!) for this winter? Quilting, reading and plenty of sleep!
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