I disappeared for a while and now I appear to be back. :)
We are in a part of the crazy where… it’s not so crazy. So I’m taking advantage of it while I can.
Plus I need to get all garden jazzed for the fall planting which starts September 1st! I know, that’s wild to even think about. I would like to have the fall garden MOSTLY planted out by the end of September. I will leave some of the melons and certainly the peppers through October at least. The Fall pepper harvest is the BEST part of the peppers. The plants are mature but not tormented by the heat. The peppers grow nice and big and plentiful. It’s exactly what I’m looking for.
But as of now… tomatoes are gone. The trellises that supported the tomatoes are out. This whole system just didn’t work great this year for the larger tomatoes. The small tomatoes loved it and we loved them, but need to figure out something better for the big tasty tomatoes.
All of the yellow squash plants are done. We’re still getting random zucchinis that are good but even the smaller yellow squash are instantly dark colored and hard. It’s almost like they are ripening immediately.
The one on the bottom there practically required a chainsaw just to cut it up for chicken feed.
This bed was full of yellow squash but they got pulled and filled up an entire wheel barrel.
I fought against the squash bugs all summer. Squish, squish, squish! It’s kind of twisted, but the smell of squash bugs in the morning is taking on a similar “get your day going” kind of feel that fresh coffee has. Yah, that’s not good. I think I’ll actually miss that smell.
Cucumbers are rolling in. I planted pickling and salad cucumbers this year and both have done really well, but the salad ones are going nuts. I love it.
We’ve made 10 jars of relish this year. I tried making some dills, but the results were kind of mushy. Not bad, just… not great.
All of the melons have gone crazy. They know nothing of boundaries or personal space. That dead, small tree looking thing on the left is our artichoke plant. Again, no personal space. The white thing on the right side in the middle is a stool I’ve been using to stand on and poke around with a stick to try and find melons. Yah… it would be nice to have more space. Anybody have a couple of acres they would like to turn into a garden? I’ve got a great plan for that. :)
Most of the beds are still a jungle and need lots of clean up in the next couple of weeks, but fortunately we got a really good rain last night and this morning. You see in Arizona the whole city stops for rain. People don’t know how to drive in it. Some crazy people take pictures of it… If you have friends on FB that live in AZ it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll read about it. I’m guilty. I love it. It’s SO RARE here. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts.
I’ve got my plan together for the fall garden, now I just have to execute and start some seeds… in doors… in the AC… since it’s still hitting 100 degrees. Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower don’t really like 100 degrees.
Have a blessed day!