It seems a little strange that it’s already the end of August and we haven’t done much preserving of our our garden harvests. We didn’t plant a ton of zucchini this year. So, we have enough to eat, but not a never ending supply. Other squash and cucumbers are the same way. I had hoped to can salsa and marinara, but we didn’t have much luck with tomatoes this year. We did can 37 quarts of peaches, but the peaches weren’t from our orchard. Our herbs are doing well, but I haven’t preserved them like I should have. There are lots of onions & potatoes that will need pulled soon. Maybe we’ll have time to preserve a few things now that summer is winding down.
The beans went crazy and produced lots this month. Many of the pumpkins and gourds are looking great. But, the corn is only doing so-so.
Top: Our tomato plants this year haven’t done too well, but we are getting some red tomatoes.
Bottom: Many yellow cherry tomato plants reseeded or regrew from plants last year. However, they’re growing in a very weedy spot of the garden, making them difficult to pick.
Left: One lone sunflower grew out of the hundreds of seeds I planted.
Right: An entire section of the garden is a weedy mess. Boo! What a waste of space. We just haven’t had the time to keep up.
AQUAPONICS & GREENHOUSE
Produce in the greenhouse is doing very well. We’re getting eggplant, Mexican sour gherkins, okra, peppers, ground cherries, & tomatoes.
BERRIES, GRAPES & FRUIT TREES
Top: The grapes are doing fantastic.
Bottom: We’ve picked only a couple ripe apples. When I think of apple trees, I think of old trees covered in apples – so many they’re falling off the branches. We don’t have that.
Not pictured: The only berries we’re getting are wild blackberries. They’re a blessing and a curse. They are delicious. But, they are invasive & thorny.