The sky is darkening outside as August breathes her last warm goodbyes. Join me as i take a final look back at the August vegetable garden.
It's not a large garden, as you can see. Just five beds, four feet wide by twenty long divided by narrow foot paths. But it is big enough to feed us something everyday, despite the hungry birds, and slugs, and the ineptitude of the gardener.
This was supposed to be my salad bed this summer. The wooden frame was first used as part of a hydroponic lettuce experiment last summer but it has been reinvented many times since then. My idea this time was to create a dark fluffy bed of super enriched soil that baby lettuces would just beg to grow in. I believed the nice hardware store man when he said this
would be just as good as the Happy Frog brand of soil they were out of. Don't you make the same mistake. Soil Building wood chips is more like it. Bok choy, chard, beets, mizuna and lettuce all just wither up and die in this bed. Now you know.
Lucky for me i tucked a few things right in the ground. Arugula, Summer Crisp lettuce and this pretty little mizuna plant are all thriving in the light shade of the papaya tree.
The Umpqua broccoli is done but the Arcadia and Fiesta plants are still producing small, tender side shoots. That is Okinawan spinach crowding in at the upper right corner. It's a nice little plant that really deserves a post of it's own one day.
The Edirne eggplant looks bad. My diagnosis is spider mites, do you agree? Attempting first line treatment now which is rinsing the undersides of the leaves with water . Despite looking bad it is managing to set a number of fruits. It's a pretty little eggplant but narrower than i imagined it would be.
The carrot harvest continues. This is a Red Cored Chantenay. I have to remember to get some new seeds started if i don't want a gap in my harvests.
Zucchini waits for no one as i was reminded last week when i harvested a couple of three pound bats. The zucchini hale is getting so crowded i couldn't fit my camera in to take a picture.
The Fagiolino Dolico Veneto Cowpeas are enjoying the dog days of August. Lavender frosted white flowers burst open from apricot blushed buds each morning. The flowers fade by early afternoon. This variety was described as petite but it is growing like a half runner in my garden. The beans are held above the foliage, four at a time. I've just gathered the first handful of narrow green pods to stir fry for lunch tomorrow.
I think this sword bean might make it! The first two beans mysteriously disappeared. This time the wire cage offers protection from the hungry birds and the plastic pot collar is a little insurance against the garden slugs.
My first Diva cucumber. This is planted in a self watering container as Jane describes here. I think this experiment just might work!
I am down to just 30 mangoes on this tree but they are sizing up nicely now. It is heartbreaking to watch the baby mangoes drop but 30 mangoes is still six more than last year!