|The Vegetable Garden Sept 1, 2016. Mostly empty now......|
The vegetable garden is just about done. I have just a few more ears of corn to harvest and of course--the Brandywine tomatoes and SunGold tomatoes. The Brussels sprouts are tiny yet--I've never grown them before and don't know quite when they will be done.
There is also 4 more rows of Mokum carrots that will be harvested on an "as needed" basis-usually a pound or so every few days.
The broccoli has had 3 cuttings and there's another ready. I've been giving it away as I have plenty in the freezer to last all year. I'll pull it after tomorrow's cutting.
Even though they aren't done yet, the Green Peppers will be yanked this week. Even the neighbors won't take them anymore. Enough with it!! The Kale--same thing. Enough!
The freezer is stuffed. I have ALL the broccoli, green beans, green peppers I need for the year.
I only have 5 pints of corn---there is no way I could grow as much as we would need, but my corn is
"saved" for SPECIAL occasions--holiday meals and birthdays, so that's ok too.
I did not freeze ANY berries this year. I went so overboard last year, that I still have some to clean up.....namely peaches, applesauce, raspberries, and blueberries.
I also have in the garage ALL the onions, garlic, and potatoes we will need for the year. I actually gave away quite a bit--it was a banner year for potatoes, that's for sure!
I'll be back at the end of September with another update, then the Winners and Losers for the year.
Until then---have a great beginning of fall (hooray!!!!).
|A "Thank You" tray of goodies for Neighbors Ed and Carol for taking us to Muskegon August 13|
|Beautiful flowers behind my ugly deer fencing|
|The Phlox was finally able to bloom after the great Deer Munch-Off|
|Morning Glories enjoying the cool weather|
|The Sunflowers were crazy beautiful this year. This one had 25 (!!!) heads on it!|
|A Bowl of Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, Mokum carrots and the first of the fall lettuce|
Now--MY boring notes. Go away!
August was MUCH warmer than normal--most days were mid 80's --a far cry from our normal high of mid 70's. The hottest day was 90 degrees. The coldest night got down to 47 degrees.
There were 23 Sunny Days. We got 2.65 inches of rain--though most of that fell in one day.
There was also a LOT of humidity this month--something we typically don't have. Good for the corn
and tomatoes, but I'll be glad to see it go.
and tomatoes, but I'll be glad to see it go.
August 1 1 pound Patriots, 2 gallon ziploc of beans---Gave to neighbors
August 2 1 pound BluRays(ours!), 1 pound Patriots-neighbors, 2 gal. ziploc of beans-neighbors
Potatoes starting to collapse
HORNWORMS on Tomatoes
Garden extremely dry. Had to water. Ugh.
August 4 HOT-95 degrees, Still no rain. Gardens are in desperate need of water. I water the main things, but am letting the green beans go. We're not using any more, they are just about
2 pounds Blueberries, 2 zucchini, 1 pound Mokums,
Don picked another 2 gallon bag of beans for various neighbors
August 5 PULLED RED ONIONS
PULLED GREEN BEANS
1 pound Chandlers--very tart this year--they are early, that might be why so tart??
August 6 Watered and watered and watered some more. DRY as toast out there. The lawn is
crunchy , and everything is in poor shape.
Zucchini started back up again. BluRays and Patriots still going strong. Chandler
blueberries are turning but are so sour this year that no one wants to eat them. ???
August 7 Crookneck squash, zucchini, BluRays,1 pound Mokum carrots.
Celery is looking FANTASTIC, dug three of the stray potatoes--5 pounds Yukons
First sowing of corn is getting close to being ready. Hooray!
August 8 3 pounds CHANDLER blueberries--though not the first batch, it is the first sweet
August 9 1 pound Mokum carrots, 2 Zukes, 1 crookneck
Matt's Wild Cherry, SunGold tomatoes continue in dribbles
90 degree temps, still no rain.
August 10 Picked the LAST OF THE BLURAYS--2 pounds. A sad day indeed.
2 zucchini , pound of mokum carrots
90 degrees and still sunny. Lawn completely dead, trees look terrible, birch shedding
August 11 Sunny, 90 degrees
Wild turkeys sitting under our trees--wings held out trying to stay cool.
2 crookneck, 2 zucchini, 1 pound Mokums, lots o' cherry tomatoes--Sungold and
Matt's Wild Cherry. Corn getting very close now. Raccoon trap baited, just in case.
August 12 RAIN--1/10th inch What good is that after all this time?
Zucchini x 2 , 1 pound Mokums, 1 pound blueberries
BLACKBIRDS FLOCKING UP??? Had HUNDREDS in the yard this morning.
Moments after they left--dozens of Robins
August 13 RAIN 4/10th inch
Played hooky-Went to Muskegon with neighbors
August 14 Dug first bed of Yukon Golds. Very nice. 35 pounds
Came out to the garden to find a raccoon in the live trap.
Best indicator the corn is ready and he was right!!!
3 pounds Chandler Blueberries
August 15 CORN !!!!!!! 9 ears. Picture perfect. No corn worms this year-thank goodness!
Also picked 1 pound Mokums, second bed Yukon Gold potatoes-30 Pounds, 2 gallons Broccoli side shoots, 1 green pepper, kohlrabi, and of course zucchini
August 16 1 pound Patriots, 1 pound Mokums, 1 pound mixed cherry toms (SunGold and Matt's)
August 17 RAIN 1.25 inches (all in about an hour. WOW)
Corn 6 ears, ACORN SQUASH-1--had to throw away, had something boring in it, 1 pound SunGold toms, 1 doz Copra onions from the "extra" bed to give to Carol, zucchini
August 18 PUMPKINS--10 nice ones-each about 8-10 pounds, Pulled vines, Manured area
2 pounds Patriot blueberries, 2 pounds carrots, 2 pounds cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi
Gave Carol and Jackie large trays of blueberries,carrots,cherry tomatoes, potatoes, onions
August 20 Corn-16 ears--this FINISHED CORN PATCH #1
Patriot blueberries 2 pounds
Dug third bed Yukons. Had a rodent chew up quite a few of the potatoes. 25 pounds
August 21 Picked early before leaving for Indiana--I'm taking a box of vegetables for Susan
TONS of Kale, yellow crooknecks, 3 green peppers, 3 pounds potatoes, onions
August 21 and 22 Trip to Indiana to bid Lorna a fond farewell and wish her the best as she embarks
on her new life in southern Indiana. What great fun we had. I shall certainly
miss her gentle kindness. At least I can still pick on Susan!! :D
|Sweet and petite Susan (L), Lorna, and Me-the Jolly Giant at 5 foot, 6"|
|August 23 First of the Brandywines!!!!!|
and a quart of SunGold tomatoes.
August 24 1 quart SunGold tomatoes, 1 pound Mokum carrots, 4 crookneck squash. 6 ears corn
from Patch #2
August 25 1 Qt SunGold tomatoes, 1 pound Patriot blueberries, 1 pound Mokum carrots, 1 Celery
August 26 1 Brandywine tomato, 6 ears Corn--Patch #2
August 27 1 pound Patriot blueberries, 3 green peppers, carrots , crookneck squash (4) , 1 qt cherry
August 28 6 ears corn from Patch #2, 3 pounds "stray" potatoes, 2 gallon sack o' broccoli shoots
Took a tray of Tomatoes, Peppers, and crookneck squash to the neighbors
August 30 Moikum carrots, first of the fall lettuce, Corn-6 ears for supper
August 31 Dug rest of German Butterball potatoes 10 pounds
Pulled Crookneck Squash
Gave all the tomatoes a severe cutting back--we only have 2 weeks left before frost
Got a load of old straw from Nancy---will put on this years Tomato Patch when empty
Put the good pieces of Agribon into garage for the winter, the rest (torn) gets burnt
I've started dumping pots of flowers--and this coming week I need to start bringing in the geraniums for the winter. It's starting to hit the 40's at night. Houseplants will also come back inside.