The downhill slide
A coworker of mine, we’ll call him Eeyore, announced this morning that with the fair over, we’re on the downhill slide toward back to school.
The good news is August is the best month for home gardeners. We’ll be eating like kings for the next few weeks.
My beans are already slowing down. I’ve actually pulled up the wax beans and will plant something (possibly spinach) in that row. The wax beans didn’t do very well for me this year.
But I got four or five pickings of green beans and two of the heirloom dragon tongue beans. Here’s a picture:
It’s not a great picture, but I was in the middle of freezing beans and zucchini. My creative talents were pretty much tapped. Freezing veggies is not a difficult task, but it is kind of a tedious, sweaty one. My advice: Have a lot of Freezer Pops at the ready.
I am a couple days away from the first eggplant, which is exciting. I planted some peas this weekend and will put in at least one other fall crop this week. I haven’t decided what it should be.
Oh, and we have identified the mystery cucurbit! It grew up from a seed someone left last year. (Part of the charm of community gardening.) It turns out it’s a cantaloupe. It looks better than any of my previous melon attempts.
(Someday, I will write a book titled “My Previous Melon Attempts”.)
My tomatoes aren’t even thinking about turning red. They’re just sitting there, stubborn and green. They look healthy, though. I’ve heard a lot of folks complaining about blossom-end rot, which is the result of a calcium deficiency.
Drought stress and uneven watering can be the culprit. Read about it here.
If my tomatoes aren’t thinking about turning red, what are they thinking about?
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