It's that time of year when the garden is really looking "worn". Despite the horrible start, yields of most things are good on the stuff that wasn't killed by late frosts, gnawing pests , and just plain weird weather. Many of the beds are almost set to be put to bed for the winter.
Rainfall was horrible this month---an inch on the 2nd, and a whopping 3.3" on the 27th. NOTHING in between. That heavy rain on the 27th beat our record of 1.2 " by a wide margin. It's all or none anymore it seems. Crazy crazy Mother Nature!
Temps were mostly in the 70's by day and 50's at night. We had one week of hot weather--but now it's back to normal (whatever THAT is!)
I even managed a watermelon on August 27. There's one more out there. I am NOT repeating these next year. For such low production, the space is better used for something else. I can get these organic at the farmers market for $2.50. It was fun growing it once, but I won't again.
Carrots are starting to be harvested. On the left--Prodigy ( I only pulled one to see and compare) and on the right-Danver's . The Danvers are really "root-y" and we don't like them for fresh eating, but blanched and frozen, they will make a fine addition to soups and stews. Production was great, once I figured out it was the birds eating them and covered the seedlings with screens.
I'm digging a few of the Yukons as needed, but haven't dug the majority. They're better off waiting in the ground until my cellar cools a bit. I'll probably dig them in Late September. Yields of what I have used are average (small). The quality is the best I've ever had.....very hard and not a flaw on them.
Loving the Zinnias from Botanical Interests. What a show they've put on this year.
The sidewalk border . Love the Zinnia Zahara line-they really stand up to the heat and drought.
I'll have harvest totals once I'm done with everything, and then the usual "What Worked, What Didn't" post and then that's it for the year. I can't believe how fast the summer has gone.
I've enjoyed all your posts --it's so satisfying to see such bounty in all your gardens.
Have a wonderful Holiday weekend.