The year’s fifth update in pictures

In what we can only describe as the strangest season of gardening yet, it’s time to take a trip around the backyard to see how everything is doing. The main theme seems to be “confused,” as some plants have already given up the ghost, while other plants look like they’re ready for the 4th of July.

Let the gallery commence!


Starting in the back of the backyard, the tomato plants are a mix of good and bad. a couple plants have died off, but most look like they should have mid-summer....here at the end of September.
Starting in the back of the backyard, the tomato plants are a mix of good and bad. a couple plants have died off, but most look like they should have at mid-summer….here at the end of September.

Unless we happen to get a bout of warm weather (anything is possible, it seems), it looks like we'll be making a lot of fried green tomatoes.
Unless we happen to get a bout of warm weather (anything is possible, it seems), it looks like we’ll be making a lot of fried green tomatoes.

Plenty more tomatoes that we really hope will ripen.
Plenty more tomatoes that we really hope will ripen.

Oh, and di we mention that a couple of the pepper plants that we thought had died off actually didn't? Nope, they've been quietly prospering all on their own.
Oh, and did we mention that a couple of the pepper plants that we thought had died off actually didn’t? Nope, they’ve been quietly prospering all on their own.

At this point, the things that make it or don't, like these unexpected peppers, is really up to Mother Nature.
At this point, the things that make it or don’t, like these unexpected peppers, is really up to Mother Nature. We are hoping for the best!

Also around back are the herb planters, most of which are pretty empty at this point. All except the Greek Dwarf Basil. This stuff is very hardy! (And delicious!)
Also around back are the herb planters, most of which are pretty empty at this point. All except the Greek Dwarf Basil. This stuff is very hardy! (And delicious!)

The bush beans are rather overgrown, and most of produced all that they can. But we do find at least a few dried pods every few days, so they aren't done yet!
Moving over to the side of the yard, the bush beans are rather overgrown, and most of produced all that they can. But we do find at least a few dried pods every few days, so they aren’t completely done yet!

The pole beans are still going quite strong, and they likely will for at least another more (or more, possibly).
The pole beans are still going quite strong, and they likely will for at least another month (or more, possibly).

Not much going on in the quarter of raised beds. The cucumbers in the back corner have pretty much wilted away.
Not much going on in the quarter of raised beds. The cucumbers in the back corner have pretty much wilted away.

However, there is this little bunch of greens (spinach, maybe) that's just doing it's thing, unheeded. Plants are pretty amazing, sometimes!
However, there is this little bunch of greens (spinach, maybe?) that’s just doing it’s thing unheeded. Plants are pretty amazing, sometimes!

Moving to the center of the yard, the first stone bed is looking pretty sparse. We had a couple of very promising tomatoes growing on one of these plants, but both were attacked by squirrels. :( Really, that is just a neverending battle.
Moving to the center of the yard, the first stone bed is looking pretty sparse. We had a couple of very promising tomatoes growing on one of these plants, but both were attacked by squirrels. 😦 Really, that is just a never ending battle.

Hanging out in this bed are two of our over-wintered pepper plants. This one has given up lots of hot peppers.
Hanging out in this bed are two of our over-wintered pepper plants. This one has given up lots of hot peppers. (And it’s still flowering!)

And the second plant has been full of Relleno peppers...yummy roasted in quesadillas.
And the second plant has been full of Relleno peppers…yummy roasted in quesadillas.

The second stone bed is a mish-mosh of good and bad. The melons on the end closest to the camera just didn't make it (getting rid of that huge marigold plant probably would have helped). On the far end of the best are most zucchini, and they simply won't quit.
The second stone bed is a mish-mosh of good and bad. The melons on the end closest to the camera just didn’t make it (getting rid of that huge marigold plant probably would have helped). On the far end of the bed are mostly zucchini plants, and they simply won’t quit.

Looks like it time to come up with more zucchini recipes.
Looks like it time to come up with more zucchini recipes.

And more...
And more…

...and even more!
…and even more!

Along the side of the house, a bevy of different things continue to grow, from our blackberry plant, to strawberries, to some stray tomatoes.
Along the side of the house, a bevy of different things continue to grow, from our blackberry plant (in the blue pot), to strawberries, to peppers (in the green pot), to some stray tomatoes, to our blueberry plant (in the orange pot).

From the green pot, one of the small peppers. Once they turn orange, they are very sweet and tasty!
From the green pot, one of the small peppers. Once they turn orange, they are very sweet and tasty!

On the end is the okra. These pods are ready to harvest and freeze.
On the end is the okra. These pods are ready to harvest and freeze.

And finally, the strawberries plants continue to spread.  Lookin' good!
And finally, the strawberries plants continue to spread. Lookin’ good!

Next month, October, marks the end of our growing season, at least according to the planting calendar. It’ll be very interesting to see if things come around for the better or worse over the next few weeks. After a very dry, warm spell, Fall has arrived with rain and cooler temps, which is wonderful for us. We’ll certainly let you know how it turns out for the plants!

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The year’s fifth update in pictures

  1. nannygrannie 09/27/2016 / 8:32 pm

    Looking GOOD!!! My tomatoes were green as well – I actually picked them off when they were still green due to blight infecting a few of them. I experimented and wrapped some green toms in newspaper and they’re slowly but surely turning RED. Not sure if you’ve tried it but it worked for me:)

    • Garden State-ments 09/29/2016 / 11:07 am

      Thank you for the suggestion! We have heard that wrapping tomatoes will help them ripen, but we’ve not tried it. We’re in a bit of a rainy spell, so we’ll have to try it when things dry up.

  2. Ferna Majewicz 09/28/2016 / 7:26 am

    Same here for our tomato and pepper plants – looks like they are enjoying the cooler weather!

    • Garden State-ments 09/29/2016 / 11:09 am

      It seems to be that way! It’ll be interesting to see how things fare once it warms up after the rain we’re having right now. (Or, the weather people say it’s supposed to warm up. Guess we’ll see about that.)

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