Here are a bunch of pictures that show the current status of our garden – good, bad, and everything in between.
We’re getting several quarts of tomatoes every few days, but most are cherry tomatoes, so we eat what we can and if they go bad, they are chicken food. Next year I’ll have to make sure I plant more paste tomatoes instead.
The zucchini is doing wonderful in the straw bales. I might not use the straw bale gardening for other things, but it sure worked well for zucchini. No squash bugs or borers! This is the first year in 2 or 3 years we’ve had enough zucchini to make Hannah’s favorite pineapple-zucchini.
The kale has been taking quite a beating the past few weeks. Cabbage moths like all the cole crops and kale is one of them. Today the kids and I stripped all the old leaves off half of the kale and fed it to goats, chickens, ducks, and compost piles. The picture above is after we stripped the leaves. On the left is the other half that we’ll take care of tomorrow. (It was lunchtime and we were hungry.) I’m hoping that it will continue to grow up from the middle and in the meantime the moths will die off. Or at least that we removed all the eggs and worms so the kale will be healthy. Soon it will be colder and the worms will die off anyway. But some of the kale stalks were rotting in the middle, so I’m guessing it won’t all come back. I’ve considered replanting some, but it’s a little late and I don’t want to do all that work and then be disappointed. Plus, I don’t have low tunnels to protect it when it gets cold anyway. So I think we’ll just hope it comes back, at least for a little while.
In the middle of the kale is a bunch of eggplant, and between the two rows of eggplant were onions. The onion tops were all dead or dying, so we just picked all of them and set them on the benches to dry. With them is a bowl of tomatoes and a large bowl of super big cucumbers. That’s what happens when you don’t pick them but once a week or so.
On an arch next to the driveway we planted some gourds. They are just starting to form, as they were planted rather late in the season. I’m not sure we’re getting anything out of them, but we tried. The vines and flowers sure are pretty, though!
Out front the sunflowers are finally blooming. I planted a variety of colors and sizes. They are so pretty along the road. And the bumblebees are loving them! The VERY short one was knocked over by a garbage can that blew into it last week during the storm that dumped 5″ of rain on us. We thought the two that got knocked down were dead, but they have bloomed anyway and are just continuing to grow up from where they are.
Other miscellaneous shots: Sage. Blackberries still ripening. The arch leading to our back door which is covered with morning glories. The black-eyed-susans which are slowing taking over our yard. Dill and cilantro. Cabbage. Two large bowls of two green bean varieties. I forgot to harvest the third kind. Guess I’ll have to do it tomorrow. It was a very pretty morning