Over the weekend we cooked up what was to be our last stir fry (with squash in it anyway) from the summer garden. The squash plants really struggled to survive this long. Over the course of their two month life they never produced prolific amounts of fruit due to the attack of worms and some sort of end rot. I think I can plant these again in the fall. Maybe they will do better with cooler weather.
It really was painful to yank the squash plants and add them to the compost pile. You can see the pitiful state of the vegetable garden today (above). Actually all the vegetable plants have been in rapid decline over the past couple of weeks. Our temps have been in the 90's, our humidity 100% and our nights are not cooling past the mid-70's.
Notice the leaning (pole) bean vine. I've mentioned in past posts my ignorance and poor planning for the heaviness and growth of the bean plant. In spite of me, the beans from this plant have been constant and plentiful.
Considering the ugliness and general decline of the leaves at this point coupled with the crowded conditions for growth I am daily surprised it is still producing healthy beans. I do have to lift up the heavy vine and really dig around to see the beans but they just keep coming.
With each smattering of colorful harvest I can only imagine it will be the last. Today my bounty really surprised me. I fully expected to pick much less when I made my way to the garden to water. Even the green beans keep hanging on. The plants are downright ugly but still have some blossoms and more beans growing.
It's a Good Time to be Growing Your Own Tomatoes
There are tomatoes still waiting to ripen. Tomatoes have been my greatest joy in the garden. They have been numerous and delicious. It has been so nice to know they are safe to eat with all the scare about tomatoes these past few weeks.
One problem, in addition to the declining plants and the bombardment of bugs, has been that recently some 'thing' is randomly plucking even the green tomatoes off the vine and poking out large sections. Whether it is to eat them or not I can't tell. By the time I find them the half-gorged tomatoes are laying on the ground with no culprit to be seen.
Overall, my first veggie garden has been a thrilling experience. Family and friends are asking if I will do it again. My answer is that I will have to do it again to see if I can do it better next time. I've learned a few things I'd like to put to use and besides that now that I've gotten a 'taste' of picking fresh from the garden to the table I don't think I'd want to be without a vegetable garden again.