|The Garden in September 2012|
The green beans have long ago stopped producing. I do, however, have some dry beans to harvest. Not a lot--we'll see how it goes. One of them is a variety that is hard to find locally and we wanted to just get enough to plant more next year and then hopefully be able to eat off of that crop.
The volunteer cherry tomatoes are proliferating, and I need to get the kids out to pick a bunch this afternoon. Same with banana peppers. I picked some of each this morning. I wonder if they would make a good mild salsa....
And a praying mantis that flew past me and onto the pepper plants.
|Praying mantis on banana pepper plant.|
I pulled what onions I could find. They didn't do very well. Maybe I was late in planting them (yeah, I was). Additionally, I didn't pay attention to what specific variety they were and if they are appropriate for our part of the country--I just picked up some sets from the grocery store. Maybe I'll rethink that for next year.
The pepper plants I purchased in July out of pity at the local nursery aren't doing anything worthy of note. Same with the melon plant. No point in purchasing plants at that point in the season...duly noted. (But I tried!)
I have beets I need to pull, but I am waiting until closer to dinner and on a night that I don't have running around to do....that way we can have beet greens for dinner and then I can work on beets after dinner.
|Yes, there are beets in there among the grass/weeds!|
|Burgundy Okra Flower--Isn't it pretty?|
The Job's Tears experiment is almost done. I am waiting for the little seeds to dry before I pick them and write an update on them.
|Job's Tears plant|
Sunflowers next year need to go along the back of the garden. I put them on the west side this year for some reason(oh, I remember--to give the cucumbers some shade), and let some volunteers stay in the middle of the garden, and I'm not sure that was a wise move. I will soon cut them down, tie them together, and put them somewhere to be a fall decoration/bird feeder.
Hubby has sorghum he needs to figure out what to do with. And we have corn(dry) to pick as well.
|Sorghum, reaching for the sky!|
|The kids in front of the sorghum|
The chard and kale should be tasty soon. It's been bitter, so I have been breaking leaves off and giving them to the chickens, who love them.
I need to harvest my huge basil plants before the weather gets too cold and make frozen pesto stuff to put in the freezer (it was yummy on pizza!).
|Overgrown basil in need of plucking.|
|More basil-a ruffly purple type.|
I have parsley (regular and flat leaf) that I have plucked leaves from and am drying in the dehydrator today. I had to selectively pluck, because there were at least 6 of those caterpillars on the plants!
There is also a little arugula out there I need to incorporate into a salad or something.
|Arugula--I cut it back when it started to bolt.|
Wow--I didn't realize the variety of stuff we had out there! I better get to work!
And potatoes and sweet potatoes and do better with beans and greens...