Garden Update 8/19

Can you believe that August is almost over? This year is flying by and I know that the cold weather will be here before we know it, or want it. I can already catch the barest wisps of a crisp Fall evening on the breeze at night. With the first Fall frost scheduled for November 15th (50/50 chance) for my region, that still gives me a little bit more growing time. Mom and I planted some seeds this past Thursday.

We planted kale, kohlrabi, summer squash, winter squash, cucumber, zucchini, beets, radishes, carrots, and garden beans. I feel like there is something missing, but I don’t feel like getting my garden journal.

I believe that our two apple trees are now past the point of redemption after years of suffering from Fire Blight so we are going to cut them down too. I hate it, but at this point, it’s really all that we can do. Going forward, we will be treating our new apple trees (looking for recommendations on types resistant to Fire Blight), as well as our pear tree on a yearly basis.

I’m going to make a conscious effort to blog more now that the growing season is starting to slow. Along with that, I’m working on my first serious attempt at a novel as well as trying to get my Etsy shop launched. More on that later.

Overview of the garden on a rainy day. You can see the various peppers, my sugar cane, and the asparagus ferns.
Overview of the garden on a rainy day. You can see the various peppers, my sugar cane, and the asparagus ferns.
Only days after planting them, mom noticed that her cucumber seeds have sprouted.
Only days after planting them, mom noticed that her cucumber seeds have sprouted.
I can't wait until these grapes are ready!
I can’t wait until these grapes are ready!
This mess is all the old tomato plants that mom ripped up from the garden.
This mess is all the old tomato plants that mom ripped up from the garden.
The second arrow I've shot in maybe 6 months and I hit the bull's eye. The next few were utter flops.
The second arrow I’ve shot in maybe 6 months and I hit the bull’s eye. The next few were utter flops.
Mom and I picked a bit of basil and some rosemary to try out our herb dryer.
Mom and I picked a bit of basil and some rosemary to try out our herb dryer.
For just $4, my mom and I made this awesome herb dryer using old wooden screens from the Habitat for Humanity store.
For just $4, my mom and I made this awesome herb dryer using old wooden screens from the Habitat for Humanity store.
These is the last big Summer harvest that we will have - banana pepper (only one so far), cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, green bell peppers, and jalapenos.
These is the last big Summer harvest that we will have – banana pepper (only one so far), cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, green bell peppers, and jalapenos.
The last of our garden tomatoes. I'm thinking of making a salsa with them.
The last of our garden tomatoes. I’m thinking of making a salsa with them.
I found out the hard way that these little cherry peppers were the HOT variety when I was pickling them.
I found out the hard way that these little cherry peppers were the HOT variety when I was pickling them.
One of my petsitting clients brought me back from tasty treats from their recent vacation to Maine.
One of my petsitting clients brought me back from tasty treats from their recent vacation to Maine.
I'm pretty sure that these HUGE carrots were past their prime, so they were given to whatever critters live in our woods.
I’m pretty sure that these HUGE carrots were past their prime, so they were given to whatever critters live in our woods.
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