As the days become shorter and nights cooler, many summertime plants in the garden are nearing, or have reached, their end, yet others are relishing the cooler weather. It's that time of year to begin putting parts of the garden to bed while tending to the fall crops and preparing them for overwintering. We're hoping to start on that project soon! Meanwhile, this is what the garden looks like now . . .
It's rather full, isn't it?! And in need of some TLC now that some of the summer crops have finally reached their end such as the tomatoes. We had around 50 tomato plants in the main garden so it is going to take awhile to clear out that section!
Yesterday morning when the sun was just beginning to peek over the treetops and the plants were heavy-laden with dew, I went out camera in hand to capture some of what is currently growing in the garden . . .
Green beans are our largest fall crop, and they are producing abundantly right now! My Mom has been putting up a lot of beans in the freezer to be enjoyed over the winter and spring months.
Green bean flowers
There are a lot of salad fixin's in the garden . . . lettuce, spinach, kale, radishes and more! And some of each made our first fall salad last evening which was much enjoyed.
Grandpa Admire's Lettuce - a new variety we tried this year, and one of my favorites
Some spinach . . . due to hot and dry conditions shortly after planting, our spinach had a poor germination rate, but we are thankful for what we do have!
Basil that missed being harvested and started flowering . . . the honeybees are enjoying it! And I'm hoping to try to save seed from it as well.
A new herb that I tried growing this year was Borage as I had heard that it was a good pest deterrent. Turns out it is not only that, but also that the honeybees love the blossoms!
The flowers are beautiful and especially when covered in dew!
These were the first pink ones we had bloom
Parsley that is ready to be harvested and dried
Fall cucumbers climbing up the trellis
And a cucumber! We've never grown fall cucumbers before and usually our plants are well spent by this time of year. With planting a second crop later, it has been really nice to still be having cucumbers!
The Cosmos are still flowering prolifically and have filled up the
area where the cantaloupe had been.
There are still a number of watermelons on the vines, and they are slowly ripening
The nasturtiums have flourished this year! In this photo you can see mist rising from them . . . that was neat to see! Unfortunately a photo can't quite capture it. :)
A spider enjoying its breakfast . . . only I wish it would have chosen a different dish . . . something other than one of our honeybees!
There are a few remaining peppers on our plants . . . they did very well for us this year and not only produced enough for all of our canning, but also enough to well stock our freezer.
One season in the garden is coming to a close and another beginning . . . in the coming weeks, we'll be pulling out the old and finished plants, covering those areas in thick layers of compost, and then setting up shelters/coverings over the crops we hope to overwinter such as the celery (which is still growing really well!), lettuce, and spinach. It's so fun to enjoy the different seasons and the different work that accompanies each one of them!