Greetings, all! This is our penultimate post of 2016, and as such, it’s time to take one final look around the backyard to see what’s become of the garden over the past month. In some ways, things looks like they should at this time of year — somewhat withered and dry — while other things look like they’re ready for the summer sun. Let’s start scrolling through the gallery to see what’s what!
Starting way out back, the tomato plants are actually still pretty healthy, with some exceptions. And the pepper plants look like they should have in August!
After a recent bout of warm weather, a couple of our tomatoes actually ripened! But most remain green, still. And this plant, in particular, has started blooming again. Too bad we’re in for another frost warning tonight.
We just picked a decent green bell pepper off one of these plants, but we don’t recall planting any green bell peppers. Hmmm…
Moving around to the center of the yard, the stone bed that held all the squash is looking quite done for the year…
…maybe. Looks like there’s still one plant that’s holding on!
Also, despite the way the squash plants look, all these were just hanging out in the yard. Seriously, we can’t even.
Meanwhile, everything in the other stone bed is slowly turning. There’s still a small outcropping of asparagus that seems to like the cooler temps. And there’s no stopping the patch of marigolds that took hold on the far end.
These are those marigolds, by the way.
They are a mix of French Dwarf marigolds round the bottom and these tall, lovely Harlequin marigolds. Initially, there was a tomato plant here, hence the cage, but these flowers seem to appreciate the extra support.
Speaking of flowers, there’s a single yellow marigold plant, Crackerjack (we think), that’s claimed a place on the end of the other stone bed.
Onward, we can’t not talk about the bean plants. They are still going pretty strong, and couple of the plants have even started to flower again! (Sporadically, that is.)
And we’re still picking beans just about every weekend.
Looks like we’ll be in for another nice harvest of Christmas Lima beans. Yum!
All is quiet in the cucumber raised bed. We broke up a couple rotted cukes and scattered the seeds. We’ll see if any of them take next year.
Meanwhile, all is not quiet in the greens raised bed, where we’ve got an unintended second showing of arugula. (No complaints!)
And the same goes for the lettuce bed. A bunch of new seedlings have popped up, and we’ve been taking leaves here and there from the leaf lettuce plant (bottom left) that just won’t quit!
On the side of the house, the okra plants are done for the year. We just recently seeded all the dried pods, and we came away with a good harvest. (All the good pods are safely in the freezer now.)
Elsewhere here, there’s not much to speak of.
Aaaaand, the strawberries. They could seem to care less about the weather!
That’s going to do it for this final garden roundup — thanks for scrolling all the way through! Next week marks our last post of the season, so we’ll be back then with some final thoughts. Till, then, cheers! 🙂