Harvest August 18

The garden is slowly dying off, and I started to pull out everything from beds and will prepare them for winter - this is one thing that I was not able to do last year and it's very visible in this year harvest. Not adding manure in fall to de-compost shot down growth of everything considerably. So I will get a truckload delievered and spread for next year. Only 1 bed planted for fall garden. But few thing still being harvested, including beans, tomatoes, first Diva cucumber, few peppers, tiny corn and one yellow squash.
 
The community is also starting to wrap up, with most of the tomato plants dying off. But I did get second cantaloupe, onions, tomatoes and zucchini. 
Visit Daphne's page to see how others are doing in their harvests this week and share yours.

23 comments:

  1. You always have such an assortment of things. I will be pulling up tomato plants today too. Hope to get some fall crops sown and hope they germinate.

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    1. Thank you, I like having variety. I will plant some more fall crops in small garden - spinach and greens will be planted on Tuesday.

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  2. Hard to believe it's only mid-August and things are dying off. But you are still getting some nice stuff.

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    1. Well something hit my tomatoes and they browned in less than a week so only few remain productive - cherry tomatoes seem to be more resilient than large varieties. I get dribbles here and there but nothing to preserve for winter.

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  3. Still looking good! Sorry that things are dying back so early!

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    1. i think between serious lack of rain and bad soil combination is what's causing the early wrap up. Hopefully next year will be better.

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  4. Well that certainly is a good variety of produce, even if things are starting to scale back a little. My tomatoes have some sort of blight on them too, but in our case it's probably from too much rain and very cool weather. It would be nice if things were moderate more often, instead of one extreme or the other.

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    1. Can you send some of that rain down here? yes, it would be nice not to have extremes

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    2. Yes, what a reversal - we usually have such dry weather and I'm not used to all the rain and cool weather we are having here. I've been terrible about prepping the gardens in the fall, but should seriously consider a load of manure as you have planned.

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  5. I wish that we could grow melons. Maybe we should try again next year.

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    1. I started mine inside on May 1st and transplanted into a 6" pot mid-may, so it had a very good root system and was nice and sprawling by the time it went into the ground first week of June. I think that allowed it enough time to actually produce and ripen on-time. I have several small melons that are still too small and green and not sure if there will be enough time for them.

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  6. Ooh, that cantaloupe looks DELICIOUS! I'm hoping for a few melons this year - - I didn't get any melons last year despite having quite a few plants, so I'm hesitant to get my hopes up.

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    1. I hope your melons will surprise you with some to try!

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  7. You are still getting a good bit of things from the gardens. The tomatoes in my raised beds are approaching crispy critters status, and even the tomatoes planted in-ground are getting hit. It is mid-August, so time to move on to fall crops. Manuring everything in the fall sounds like a good strategy.

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    1. All my beds are raised so it's hard to keep water in them, and with two weeks of no rain it's pretty much dead garden :( definitely more manure and starting fall crops.

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  8. It is a shame you had to start pulling plants from the beds, but you know the manure will make a big difference next year. And us gardeners are always hopeful that next year will be better!

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    1. There is always hope for next year :)

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  9. The speckled beans are called? Dragon tongue, maybe?

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  10. This sure has been an interesting gardening year. We are having beautiful weather, 70's low 80's in August and night time temp in the 50's. Heat loving plants are not happy though. My okra plants are not at all prolific and not sure if the sweet potatoes plants are forming tubers. Hope you get some rain for your fall crops.

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    1. I love the cooler weather, but my peppers, eggplants and melons definitely don't like it.

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  11. Lovely harvests. I see your melon and I'm thinking I might get one this week. I keep watching the most ripe one.

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    1. Did you see Dave's load of melons?? I'd love one day to be able to grow half as many as he does.

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