The Year’s Fourth Update in Pictures

It’s time for another trip around the garden in pictures! This year has certainly been a mixed bag in terms of results. Here we are at the end of August, and some things, like the tomatoes, look as though it’s still July. Some things are already dying off, like much of the lettuce and greens, and some things, like the zucchini and beans just won’t quit! (And that’s a-okay. ūüôā )

So let’s take look at how things are doing.¬†Of note: apologies for the square aspect ratio of the photos. We changed the camera’s settings and forgot to change them back before taking these images. Also, these are in no particular order, so we’ll be skipping around the yard at random. Sound fun? Well then, let’s go!


First off, in the back barrels, most of the tomato plants are doing well. There's also a group of soybeans in the middle there. (It's hiding.)
First off, in the back barrels, most of the tomato plants are doing well. There’s also a group of soybeans in the middle there.¬†Can you find them?

Some of these plants are producing, too! Unfortuanly, we're not sure what these are...Romas maybe? (With the problems we had with so many tomato seedlings dying at the start of the season, we had trouble keeping track of what survived and what got planted. Everything is a surprise this year!)
Some of these plants are producing, too! Unfortunately, we’re not sure what these are…Romas maybe? (With the problems we had with so many tomato seedlings dying at the start of the season, we had trouble keeping track of what survived and what got planted. Everything is a surprise this year!)

Here are those soybeans, by the way. The pods look okay, but the beans remains really small, maybe due to the extreme heat we've had during the month? Not sure, but we'll see how they do as the weather cools off.
Here are those soybeans, by the way. The pods look okay, but the beans remains really small, maybe due to the extreme heat we’ve had during the month? Not sure, but we’ll see how they do as the weather cools off.

Moving around to the side, the bush beans (shelling) are overgrown, but they are doing okay. From this patch we've gotten Pintos, Holstein cowpeas, and Dixie Speckled Butterpeas.
Moving around to the side, the bush beans (shelling) are overgrown, but they are doing okay. From this patch we’ve gotten Pintos, Zuni Golds, Holstein cowpeas, and Dixie Speckled Butterpeas.

Next to the shelling beans are the pole beans, and they are as happy as beans can be!
Next to the shelling beans are the pole beans, and they are as happy as beans can be!

A group of Red Ripper beans -- ready to eat now like string beans, or wait until the pod turn purple to harvest and shell.
A group of Red Ripper cowpeas¬†— ready to eat now like string beans, or wait until the pods turn purple to harvest and shell.

The cucumber patch is slowly getting to the end of the season.
The cucumber patch is slowly getting to the end of the season.

The poor ground cherries. The high temps wilted them, and then the squirrel made away with most of the fruit. We've not had a good year dealing with pests.
The poor ground cherries. The high temps wilted them, and then the squirrels made away with most of the fruit — see all those empty husks on the ground.¬†For whatever reason, the bird netting made no difference. Covered or uncovered, the plants were still attacked.

The other ground cherry planter met the same fate. We'll aim to be more vigilant next year.
The other ground cherry planter met the same fate. We’ll aim to be more vigilant next year.

Back srounf front, the garden huckleberry plant has survioved reasonable well. We've got a small but decent harvest of berries, and there are more to come.
Back¬†around¬†front, the garden huckleberry plant has survived reasonable well, though some bug(s) have enjoyed its leaves. We’ve got a small but decent harvest of berries, and there are more to come.

Not much going on the side bed. We moved our blackberry plant (in the blue planter) over into the shade. It was simply wilting in the hot sun.
Not much going on the side bed, except the strawberries. We moved our blackberry plant (in the blue planter) over here into the shade. It was simply wilting in the hot sun.

Speaking strawberries, ours continue to spread!
Speaking strawberries, ours continue to spread!

 

 

 

Ah, but on the side of the house, we do have okra growing. It's been very happy in the plot. Now we just have to pick the pods on time!
Ah, but on the side of the house, we do have okra growing. It’s been very happy in this sunny/shady plot. Now we just have to pick the pods¬†(like now!)


Somewhere in this mess we have peppers...can you spot them?

Somewhere in this mess we have peppers…can you spot them? (We moved the pepper plants into one of the raised beds, out of the hot sun.)


Aha! Here are some of those sneaky peppers!
Aha! Here are some of those sneaky peppers!

In the first stone bed, there are some tomatoes, but not many. (These dark red ones, which could be some sort of Rutgers hybrid) are absolutely delicious -- very sweet!
In the first stone bed, there are some tomatoes, but not many. These dark red ones, which could be some sort of Rutgers hybrid, are absolutely delicious — very sweet!

There are some other tomatoes that are slowly coming along. Based on the shape, these are likely Marmandes.
There are some other tomatoes that are slowly coming along. Based on the shape, these are likely Marmandes.

And last but not least is the other stone bed that has been completely taken over by zucchini, mostly. While one plant died off (that "hole" on the front left), the others got so big that they fell over the bed. They didn't die but instead took root!
And last but not least is the other stone bed that has been completely taken over by zucchini, mostly. While one plant died off (that “hole” on the front left), the others got so big that they fell over the bed. They didn’t die but instead took root on the lawn!

On the other side of the same bed, the melon plants are...okay, we suppose. They could be better. We figure this is turned out to be a bad space for them, so we'll have to rethink their placement next year.
On the other side of the same bed, the melon plants are…okay, we suppose. They could be better. We figure this is turned out to be a bad space for them, so we’ll have to rethink their placement next year. (It didn’t help that the volunteer zucchini plants spread sooooo much.)

C'mon little baby melon...groooooow!
C’mon little baby melon…groooooow!

So that’s August in the garden. It’s still strange with some things being so behind, and other things being so far gone, but this has been a strange year. The weather, in particular, has been no help. We’re hoping for a temperately warm but seasonable September, one that will help all the tomatoes ripen and give us some more beans, at least. Guess we’ll just have to wait till next month to find out!

 

 

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