A walk in my garden declares the end of August. There just seems to be a feel, a look, even a smell about the August garden. The impeccably clean, weed free days of June are long gone; the little green intruders that I so feverishly pulled out are now being allowed to grow freely. The lush green of July is now muddled with the browns and yellows that indicate the growing season is nearing its end. The ever-so-familiar chirping of the crickets are a constant reminder that cool, crisp days are on their way. It won't be long before we start watching and preparing for the first frost.
The Ox-Eye daisies are still flaunting their sunny color along the garden fence.
The sunflowers are now chiming in as they wave their brilliant faces in the breeze.
The cabbages are almost ready for harvesting, and the beets and kale are in abundance.
eets for Pickling.
Beet greens...yummmmm...so tasty!
Food for the Goats
The pole beans are still healthy and producing, but the bush beans are looking very tired. I salvaged what beans I could from them the other day but ended up giving the goats most of them since they were quite overgrown. The goats were very happy, to say the least, with their smorgasbord of treats this past week.
I'm not sure this stunning little blossom will have time to mature into a full-grown eggplant before the frost comes, but it's putting forth its best effort.
Sadly, the tomato plants, despite my efforts to save them, succumbed to the blight that has hit so many gardens in our state this summer. The wet, humid weather gave the blight strength in numbers...it was just too aggressive to over come. I have been harvesting a few tomatoes for table eating, but I doubt I will have many to can.
Although my garden didn't do as well as it has in past years, I am still thankful for the opportunity to stroll out and pick our supper. Hubby and I calculated that we shaved $200 off our grocery bill last month by feeding our family from the bounty of our garden.
We are looking forward to a healthy crop of corn, winter squash and a few meals of potatoes (most of the potatoes rotted in the ground due to the over-abundance of rain we had during planting season). The Brussels sprouts are coming slowly...the plants are lush and green, but I'm not seeing too many sprouts. There is still time, though, for them since they can endure the dropping temperatures. The gardening season is quickly coming to a close as we look ahead to another season...
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