What’s that you say? Who cares what’s going on in the garden in September…all the good stuff is over with.
I can feel your skepticism from here….or maybe it’s just my need to post Granger’s adorable skeptical face on the interwebs. Whatever.
The garden has been lush this summer. I had a blast digging in the dirt, and for the majority of the summer I spent between a half hour to an hour in my garden every day. I truly think my garden helped my sanity immeasurably this year. It was so important to me to take that little bit of time for myself and be out in the fresh air and converting sun light into vitamin D. I learned so much about gardening this year. For example, green beans (pole variety) grow a lot taller than the 28 inch snow peas that I planted (could have done a little seed package reading on that one). So in the future they will get a much taller trellis.
I would love to do a post on what I will do differently next year. Thinking back on this spring and summer honestly, diving in and just doing it was the best possible thing I could have done. And in the end it provided a lot of food for our family in the process.
However, my garden is starting to wind down for the year. The green bean stalks are turning brown. The tomatoes are producing only one or two red ones per day, and the cukes and eggplant have slowed to 2-3 items this last week….I didn’t have great luck with peppers this year.
The air is crisp this morning with the scent of fall in the air. I did plant a couple of fall crops this year, but so far I’ve not had much luck with them (except maybe sweet potatoes…which Iwill be harvesting as soon as the leaves turn yellow).
The pumpkins and their leaves are wilting due to a squash bug infestation (and yet still flowering). I watched a video recently that showed how to remove squash bug eggs using packing tape. However, I think I would rather let the natural predators of squash bugs take their action. So I may be planting some pennyroyal to attract squash bug predators (which I’m blanking on the name for).
In other fall crop news, the brussel sprouts wilted and died during a heat wave, and I fear it is too late to replant (although that probably won’t stop me). I plan to grow some spinach, lettuce and mustard greens (maybe some kale too…gotta get some seeds for that), but garden hayday is definitely over for the year.
I’ll leave you on a happy and beautiful note. I planted some burgandy yarrow this summer to attract predators of flea beetles to the garden. It not only did this job, but it is absolutely gorgeous. It bloomed continuously all summer. The little clusters of flowers started out burgandy but faded to this antique pinkish color. I enjoyed watching each cluster change as it aged. Also, I cut quite a few sprigs at different times and they lasted very nicely as cut flowers. I’ll look forward to seeing this gorgeous plant again next year (because it’s also perennial). Anyway, I’ll be dreaming about the lush and delicious garden that I’ll be growing for next year.