Beds are thinning out. Things that are picked are not being replanted. The loss of the beans and squash certainly changed the profile of the garden. But there is still so much good stuff out there. Here’s how my garden is looking right now:
The other day a bluejay hung upside down to nab seeds out of the Mammoth Grey Stripe sunflowers (they really are mammoth) that have all slumped into the same posture I get after a day of carrying around my 1 year old.
Hiding behind a few sunflowers that have just completely given up are several really good-sized Kavalo Nero kale plants. That’s gonna be a lot of meals, there.
Chard’s still trucking along. I’ll be harvesting all of it at the first threat of really cold weather. I no longer consider chard to be fully, bullet-proof hardy after losing most of my bed to the freak cold snap we had last year (several days in the teens killed all but the Fordhook Giant, which is not my favorite fresh eating variety anymore).
Final transplanted sowing of lettuces and greens is putting on growth.
Rutabagas and turnips are starting to size up nicely.
Almost through the fall blend bed of broccoli…two of three more heads to enjoy before I pull the plants and cover crop the bed.
Inside the mesh house the carrots have grown well, but the parsnips are pushing against the mesh and there are several holes from wind and (I suspect) cats in the mesh itself.
Carrots seem undamaged by rust fly, though, so the mesh screening did the job.
Lots of apples in little panty hose covers. I pick several every time I go out and most get eaten before I get back in.
My crappy store-bought potato starts are producing cute little russets! I made awesome mashed potatoes the other day – always a hit with the kids. I’m going to let the plants go a big longer to get some more size on these tubers.
First year growing Superschmelz Kohlrabi and I think it’s a winner. Final verdict will have to wait until I taste it, but I love how uniformly its bulbing up big. My daughter calls it the Alien Plant.
Brussels sprouts, lettuce and more cabbage and chard…just a pretty bed. Threw some nursery-bought mums in for pretty. Pretty is ok, too.
My winter squash yield was disappointing, so I supplemented from the local pumpkin farm. These gourds, all edible, will be halloween decoration and then they will be dinner.