2015’s Fourth Update in Pictures

It’s a little weird and sad to post these late season pictures of the garden. Sad because we know that are gardening days are numbered — there are only a few viable weeks left. Weird because do people even like to look at pictures of dying and/or overgrown plants? Because that’s what we’ve got now. But we’ve also got some things still growing, like okra and peppers, so perhaps it isn’t all bad. You be the judge as you scroll through the gallery below.

Starting out back first, the tomatoes and peppers aren't looking too shabby, though there are definitely more peppers than tomatoes growing.
Starting out back first, the tomatoes and peppers aren’t looking too shabby (well, some of them are), though there are definitely more peppers than tomatoes growing.
See, peppers! These little guys (Black prince, we think) start black and then ripen to red, and they are H-O-T!
See, peppers! These little guys (Black Prince, we think) start black and then ripen to red, and they are H-O-T!
Moving around to main garden, there's not much left in the cucumber bed.
Moving around to main garden, there’s not much left in the cucumber bed, just some vines and a few small Crystal Apple cucumbers here and there.
The ground cherries are on their last legs, having been ravaged by the squirrels. Despite that we got a pretty good harvest this year.
The ground cherries are on their last legs, having been ravaged by the squirrels. (Hence all the ground cherry “wrapper” strewn about. Despite that we got a pretty good harvest this year.
Think the lettuce bed looks dismal. Well, it does. But that's because we cut down all the seeding plants to copost them in the bed. Hopefully the lettuces will return strong next year!
Think the lettuce bed looks dismal? Well, it does. But that’s because we cut down all the seeding plants to compost them in the bed. Hopefully the lettuces will return strong next year!
Moving over to the long bed, it has...um...gone back to nature...
Moving over to the long bed, it has…um…gone back to nature…
...except that the pole beans are still going...
…except that the pole beans are still going…
...and the marigolds seems to be hanging on as well.
…and the marigolds seems to be hanging on as well.
We mentioned the okra, and here it is. Some of the pod we let go too long (they will be harvested for seeds). But a few, at least, are destined for the freezer!
We mentioned the okra, and here it is. Some of the pod we let go too long (they will be harvested for seeds). But a few, at least, are destined for the freezer! P. S. Those are the herbs trays in the back. They had to be temporarily moved from the porch for reasons that will become clear…soon.
Not everything is dire in the raised beds. Though we have no broccoli, the plants still look nice. We also replanted peas, and some of them are actually coming up!
Not everything is dire in the raised beds. Though we have no broccoli, the plants still look nice. We also replanted peas, and, as you can see along the edges, some of them are actually coming up!
ALong the side of the house, things are looking sad. But, belive it our not, there are still some tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos hiding here and there!
ALong the side of the house, things are looking sad, and we did get rid of the terrible cabbage plant that had keeled over. But, believe it our not, there are still some tomatoes, peppers, and tomatillos hiding here and there!
Further along the side, out two potted tomato plants are still hanging in there.
Further along the side, out two potted tomato plants are still hanging in there.
And, on the adjacent corner, the strawberry can do no wrong! Also notice the marigold that found itself a lovely home in one of the cracks in the driveway.
And, on the adjacent corner, the strawberry can do no wrong! It’s pretty much taken over the small bed here. Also notice the marigold that found itself a lovely home in one of the cracks in the driveway.

 

Round out the tour, the new stone bed has seen better days.
Rounding out the tour, the new stone bed has seen better days. We’re still getting some tomatoes from here, but the squash is done.
And in the tomato jungle...well...the asparagus on the end couldn't be happier. Can't say that about everything else.
And in the tomato jungle…well…the asparagus on the end couldn’t be happier. Can’t say that about everything else.

Well, that ends this tour of our garden, less-than-spectacular though it may be. But it is September, so says the calendar anyway, and we’ll officially be welcoming Fall in about a week. Guess it’s true about how time flies when you’re having fun, and we had a fantastic time in the garden this summer. Oh, we’re not through with everything yet, but we do have to turn our attention to some other house projects that have been put off. Speaking of which…care to wager a guess about this picture?

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Is it a view of a long, lost planet? Perhaps it’s a strange spill that’s overtaken a barren land? Or maybe it’s a newly discovered body of water in Siberia? Seems you’ll just have to come back next week to find out! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “2015’s Fourth Update in Pictures

  1. fmajewicz 09/16/2015 / 8:08 am

    Looks like someone is scraping paint off a wall!

  2. A Really Small Farm 09/16/2015 / 8:55 am

    It’s weird how your garden’s plants are actually looking like autumn but here in MN most keep on growing as if fall will not arrive.

    I have an idea on the last photo: looks like the sky painted on a cement wall. Perhaps a relict from some ancient time. Just being imaginative.

    • Garden State-ments 09/21/2015 / 5:35 am

      Your second guess is particularly wonderful! We’ll have the answer in this week’s post.

      That’s awesome your garden and proof that those climate zones really do make a difference! Things here on the East coast look typically “September.” Not much new is growing, save for the new peas and a couple very hardy plants, but tomatoes and peppers are still ripening. Unfortunately, the produce is starting to fade in taste. Still edible, just not as prime.

      • A Really Small Farm 09/21/2015 / 7:02 am

        Finally some plants here are acting like fall is coming- the corn, squash, and cucumbers, and beans. The tomatoes don’t seem to notice it yet.

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