Well shoot. How did that happen? I missed like 5 weeks of updates. Oops. So, what has been happening lately? Mostly, a lot of summer squash, which is happily succumbing to powdery mildew. And the cucumbers finally gave up -- or, rather, I gave up on the cucumbers and pulled them all out. The tomatoes are going like gang-busters right now, as you can see below.
There are surprisingly few beds in production right now. So last week, I took the opportunity to reconfigure the home garden to mimic my field beds. So I converted my beds which were previously something crazily hard to manage (like, 4 ft by 25 ft), to 30-inch wide, 75ish feet long beds. Satisfied both my weeding and digging proclivities! And the week was fairly cool too!
It is the opposite of fairly cool now, so I am hoping the melons, peppers, and tomatoes will be ripening up like crazy at this point. The lettuce beds are straggling along, and I am skeptical they will last the final 3 weeks remaining in the season. But the kale and chard are still going strong!
I planted out strawberries just last week. Typically, strawberry crowns are planted in the spring, but since I was too busy to manage, I am trying an experimental fall planting and hoping for ample production next year. I planted over 100 plants, and now that the fence is "finished", I am pretty hopeful the deer don't get in there and devastate them like they have in years past.
The productive pear tree was too productive this year, and one of the branches snapped from the weight of the fruit. The apple trees have put out one of the best crops to date (not that that is saying much), and I am itching to hand out some apples in the shares.