Late August and with all the rains the garden is still very green. In the foreground are beds of broadcast seeded carrots that filled out very nicely and some corn coming along…Here’s what is is doing out yonder…
The hazel nuts are beginning to form and we couldn’t be happier. These tasty nuts need to be picked once they turn brown…after missing the boat to the squirrels a few years in a row we figured out the timing and have been full of nuts ever since.
Between these posts you can see the big empty section that the darn rabbit chomped to bits. The beans are coming on. I love rattlesnake beans. They freeze well, are delicious when frozen and if/when you let them go at the end of the season, they make great dried beans.
I grow haricot verts also. My husband can’t stand these beans. He calls them fussy, demanding and even though he’ll eat them, he will not pick them. I on the other hand love haricot vert (French green beans) they are delicate and sweet. It is also true that they must be picked pretty much daily or the beans get tough. So be it.
Nope, not green pumpkins. Tondo di Chiaro which came by accident from the Fed-co seed order. We are very thankful! All our regular zucchini and yellow squashes as well as a few of the winter squashes (sweet mama and another) succumbed to squash beetles. These plants are producing heavily and the zukes are delicious.
The butternuts are starting to form. We always grow a lot of winter squashes. This year however the cucumber beetles have taken a toll. There will be less variety in the squash closet this winter.
So here we are in the middle of summer and I, an avid gardener with little zucchini and no yellow squash. Counting the days on the seed packs, I decided that there are enough days left to possibly pull off a harvest yet! With the added benefit that often a late crop won’t get chomped up by the pests whose time has passed. Fingers crossed…
Anuenue lettuces are my all time favorite for summer. I have little short rows tucked hither and yon where space was available. This lettuce does not go bitter in the heat. It’s a crisphead and the perfect lettuce to enjoy with the summer time favorite BLT!
Down in the valley the corn is coming on strong. This is a commercial field, but I loved the look of it with the Gunx in the background. The Shawangunk Mountains are a gorgeous place to hike and rock climb. There are nooks and crannies that are very cool both in spirit and temperature. One section actually has ice caves that hold snow for most if not all of the summer…but that would require the snow to have fallen in winter, which did not happen this past winter.
That’s what has been happening here this past week or so. Been busy with other things as well…family, birthday, funerals of pets and I found out today that a family friend passed away. An odd story that I thought I understood, but it turned out I thought it was the mama, when in fact it was the daughter, so I am shocked that a young woman of 38 can suddenly pass from a rampant infection. Life is tentative….make the most of each breath, that’s the message I received from that news.
There are so many other things afoot, chores to be completed and a small renovation on the front burner, finally. I’ll keep you posted. How about you, are you feeling that nest-y autumnal itch? I know I am…Closets cleaned, stocking up, mending/passing along that which no longer fits/serves…