Come take a walk with me through the late summer kitchen garden.
The nearly empty bed on the right will be planted this week with fall veggies – kale, beets, carrots and others – to keep us in fresh produce right up until Thanksgiving. If Chloe stays out of it this year, we might even be able to over-winter some things for early spring treats.
The beans, on the left, have recovered from the rabbit attacks, and are shooting up the poles.
Looks like there will be beans on the dinner table soon! And then tons for the freezer. And more to give to the neighbors… My Nana used to can quarts and quarts of green beans every year, but I haven’t learned how. These do very well frozen. Maybe someday I’ll get brave enough to do the canning thing…
I think it’s safe to say now that last year’s cucumber success had as much to do with the variety as the weather. Same variety this year, same amazing yield – two dozen and counting! – in a VERY different summer. We’re having cucumber salads twice a week, and I’m giving them away already!
The vines along the back are winter squash. They’re producing, and will be ready to pick about the first of October.
I’m picking Swiss Chard, the beets are golf-ball size, and the spring carrots are coming along. Salad greens are also in rabbit recovery.
I am thrilled to death that these rose towers have worked so well as tomato supports. No plants on the ground this year, or even leaning over the way they usually do. I pruned them until they reached past the top support ring, and then pretty much let them go. We’ve been eating cherry tomatoes for almost a month (see the new header photo?).
Now, if these big fellas (Brandywine) would just get with the program!
So, that’s the view from here, August, 2010. Thanks for walking along with me!