August, you are a welcome relief after the hottest and driest July on record. The weather has been absolutely lovely. I have had the windows open every night this week, the dog has been able to be out all day without fear of heatstroke, and I can walk barefoot to the mail box without causing intense pain because I’m too lazy to slip my sandals on. I digress. Back to the garden…
I ripped out the cucumbers early in the month. Quite frankly I was sick of them. I keep getting 2 or 3 in the CSA bag each week and I am the only one who eats them. I think I am just not going to plant them anymore. No cucumbers is sacrilege right?
The Tomatoes are still bonkers. The three that I have carefully staked, pruned, watered regularly are pretty pathetic. I know the heat, drought, etc. are most likely to blame.
I have to wonder how much they are affected by these things when I look at the Roughwood Golden Plum which I have totally neglected since day one. It’s awesome. I pull 6-8 tomatoes every day off of it.
The peppers are loving this weather of course. I have made two batches of jalapeno jelly so far. I have also roasted and frozen a handful of bell peppers and cubanelles. Check out this red bell, it can’t decide if it’s half green or half red!
As much as I cuss the pumpkins, they sure are pretty! Both plants have cross-pollinated with each other AND the butternut squash. I’ve never planted all three at once before. This was quite the experience. I didn’t know cross-pollination was an issue. Good thing I just don’t care if my pumpkins look odd. They were mostly for the kids anyways.
I will leave you with my harvest from Sunday. This is my first link up with Daphnes Dandelions and her Harvest Monday!