I picked a few more things from our garden today. The harvest is winding down but we do have more to pick. I wanted some leaks for dinner (to start off the pumpkin soup) and I had to pick the zucchini before it got enormous. The cucumbers needed to be cut off the vine (they have been getting bitter quickly) and that pepper is going with the roasted potatoes. The melon was iffy. I am hoping it is ripe as I want to serve it with dinner. If not we have a back up watermelon and a few slices from the last melon from our garden (tastes like candy).
Yet to go: three or four more melons, a few peppers, maybe a zucchini or two, a couple of cucumbers, cherry tomatoes out the wazoo, lots of leeks. We have several green tomatoes still as well. That isn’t bad for September. And did I mention the basil? More pesto for the freezer (and for immediate consumption) is in the works. Like I said, not bad for September.
So far so good with our vegetable garden. Most of the beds are planted, with a few empty spots left over for second plantings of lettuce, carrots and cilantro. A few weeks ago I added beneficial nematodes to help alleviate our cucumber beetle problem. I have my fingers crossed with that one. I also put up three new birdhouses this year in hopes that they might snack on the beetles once they hatch. Right now I am waiting to see if the seedlings get munched by the larvae. Like I said, I have my fingers crossed. After a couple of days, my melon seedlings still look OK:
Last fall I planted garlic–two varieties–and those plants are the stars of the garden right now. They are just starting to form scapes.
Reaching for the Sun
The peas are a little behind. At least, they are smaller than I would like. Last year the pea plants got munched by rabbits. Just as I was thinking we may be free of those rascals, there were three of them at once yesterday. They have not munched the peas yet, but they will find them, I am sure.
Still Not Tall Enough
Also, peppers are growing well. I transplanted these several days ago and they are still alive. I will thin them soon.
Still Youngsters, but Showing Promise
So things are looking good so far. Potatoes are up as well, and arugula and carrots are poking out of the dirt. I hope this will be a good season. Something will grow at least. I mean, carrots are hard to kill. Unless those damn bunnies come back.
Last night’s dinner was pizza. We topped one of them with peppers and onions. I used the last onion we grew in our garden. I used peppers and another onion from our farm share. We have one more pepper we grew tucked in the refrigerator, one more pepper from the farm, and a couple small onions from the farm. There was a bonus pick up yesterday but I have been sick, so I didn’t get organized enough to put in an order. That is a bummer since having more peppers, onions and some squash at least would be helpful in making this transition to winter. I really want to make sure we preserve more food next year. We have some, but cracking open something I grew over the summer, in the middle of winter, just can’t be beat. We have a few items left, including sweet pumpkins, but we are close to out for the season. Winter’s farmers markets are near. I need to make sure we get there.
Yesterday I pulled the few onions we had growing in our garden. Most of the seedlings didn’t make it but a few managed to grow. We ate a couple of them not long ago. They are some strong onions. Tasty, however. These will need to dry a little so they can last long enough to use them all. Too bad rain is in the forecast for the next couple of weeks.
Onions Out of the Dirt
I also picked a bunch of leeks. I made a big batch of potato leek soup. We had a slew of potatoes to use up and all those leeks in the ground. It tasted pretty good last night for dinner with some buttered toast. It tasted even better for lunch today.
A Fine Row of Fine Leeks
The peppers are almost red as well. We have been picking them and eating them but they are so much sweeter when they are fully ripe. Plus the seeds will sprout easier if the peppers are fully ready when they are picked. And they are beautiful.
Peppers Almost Ripe
The popcorn is still growing, trying to ripen before the cold sets in. Problem is, the cold kind of has set in. It’s not winter yet or anything but it has been in the 40’s in the morning. I can’t imagine we will get mature ears out of these plants, but who knows? I’m willing to wait it out.
Popcorn Still Making a Go of It
The blueberries, on the other hand, have long given up the idea of producing fruit. Their leaves are turning. They are redder than the peppers. They too are beautiful.