The spring garden was miserable, and the summer garden was not up to its usual standard, so I’ve pinned my hopes on my fall garden this year!
Cabbage, broccoli, chard, cauliflower, kale, beets and lettuce are all planted and doing well, but it suddenly occurred to me this morning that I completely forgot to plant the peas!
Checking out my seed packet, the ones I have need 68 days to maturity, but I decided to gamble on a late frost and plant them anyway. I didn’t get any peas this spring and I hate the thought of NO home-grown peas this year.
Yes, vine borers did get all the squash but we did manage to harvest a few pumpkins before the vines were completely killed. I think there’s seven in all, all jack-o-lantern varieties. The big ones we planted didn’t survive, and I didn’t see any sugar pumpkins either, which is making me think I might not have actually planted any sugar pumpkins this year. By the time fall rolls around, I often forget what was going on in my mind last spring!
I spent some time this morning on my tomatoes – all trellised this year, and once again, I’m glad I went that route, because clipping off all the suckers is such a comparably easy chore. I look on September as the month to force the plant into ripening everything possible, and there’s still quite a few green tomatoes in progress. Although this summer’s yield didn’t come close to previous years, we did still get a pretty good haul. As a matter of fact, I’m trying to decide exactly what the bowl I picked this morning is going to be used for this week.
How are your gardens doing?