In the Garden // September 25

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The garden is growing nicely these days. It finally feels like late summer here, with highs in the low to mid eighties most days. We've also gotten over our three week patch of rain. I've never been so excited to see blue skies. The last couple of days have been beautiful, and I've been out in the garden several times a day.

The problem is that there's not much to do. The bees have started showing up and are pollinating more cucumbers than we can possibly eat. Yesterday I discovered a huge cucumber that I didn't even know was growing. Meanwhile, the beans have finally begun setting pods. They had tried in August, but the heat was too high and the pods kept falling off. I'd guess we'll be eating fresh green beans in a couple of days.

Even the lat bell peppers are flowering. They're hidden away behind the cucumbers, but they still manage about 8 hours of sun each day. If I can just keep the cucumber vines from growing into the the plant, I'm hopeful we'll get a few bell peppers before the end of the season.

I'm just beginning to plan the fall garden. Another set of bush beans in the second bed is growing quickly and the broccoli has sprouted up. In a couple of weeks I'll be planting in the spinach and fava beans. As soon as the other plants finish up, I'll be preparing that bed for the root vegetables. We're planning radishes, carrots, onions, and garlic. It may seem strange, but I'm quite looking forward to the work of changing the beds over. I'll take any excuse to be outside in the autumn weather.

Wishing you all many weeks of fine fall weather ahead!

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