A wonderful year of production, and of course, a bumper crop of tomatoes, because we did not track the bounty! So much gratitude goes forth to everyone involved, including all plant devas and Elemental beings who tended everything so perfectly, while we got so busy with life’s various activities and demands.
It is the usual wind-down time of rest for all. Some lettuce, kale, and chard are braving the battering of November winds and rain.
A glimpse of some bounty as it occurred along the way. Enjoy!
Luscious Green Beans
Harvesters in action!
Gaston is a wizard at sowing very even stands of radishes!
The intriguing purple tomato cultivar ‘Indigo Rose’
Full glory garden! Where’s Juni…where’s Aspen?
Didn’t forget the corn!
The first summer bounty!
Garden mascot and art sculpture…a zucchini seal.
Ultra-prolific ‘Early Girl’ tomato; no greenies to be had on this vine!
Wind-down and clean up as flaming fall glory sets in..
Prime time in the house yard!
Solstice greetings of increasing Light to everyone!
Whew! November and December have flown so fast! Some well-meaning friends are already asking if I have ideas for next season. No, not yet; it is really the season of rest right now, for both humans and plants, and soil.
Although I do think it is time to consider a cold frame of sorts to help weather some lettuce and spinach a bit longer. If California starts to have climate trends tending to flooding (or interspersed with droughts), produce prices will skyrocket. Fortunately our local producers are doing well, given their newer methods of winter gardening, but demand sometimes exceeds the supply in our locally-supplied markets.
The older kale plants are looking a little wobbly from wind and soaking rains a couple of weeks ago. Some of us will probably pick off one plant at a time and pull it out when used up. The crop planted in fall is surviving very well, as is the chard, but they are both small. Older chard seems to have survived the cold frosts of earlier December, but is in a “holding” pattern, not looking particularly anxious to grow! Who would, on the shortest day of the year?
But now, the life-stimulating energy of the sun starts to expand just a little more each day, though our coldest days have yet to come.
Happy holidays! I’m hoping that some magical elf will bless me with the gift of a hori-hori knife (Japanese multi-functional gardening tool, meaning did-dig).
Yule-tide resting time....Where's Aspen?
Thanks to one of our natural pest controllers, who decided to quit being so shy, we had beautiful bounty, even if the tomatoes are still slow, and the summer squash are slowing down!
An elusive friend mantis making a brief appearance
- Basil: 6.5
- Bush beans: 2.75
- Cucumbers: 6
- Grapes: 2
- Charantai melons: 16
- Margarita melons: 8.75
- Delicata squash: 8.5
- Spaghetti squash: 6.5
- Spinach: 2
- Swiss chard: 2.25
- Summer squash: 26.75
- Tomatoes: 41.25
Month’s total: 125 pounds (rounded)
Season total: 400 pounds
Spaghetti squash near harvest
Posted in Community garden, Fall, Harvest tally, Pest Controllers & Pollinators, Uncategorized
Tagged basil, beans, chard, Community garden, delicata squash, kale, melons, Pest Controllers & Pollinators, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato, zucchini
Awoke to some drizzle, and had a an opportunity to reset the energy button to a slower pace; to actually sit in the garden (as the skies cleared), rather than tend to it. Listening to the breeze, the little birds, the newly-hatched grasshopper, the bees. Watching the cabbage white loopers darting around, and the juba skippers snapping and courting in their little aerial spirals. Smelling the lavender, sages, bee balm, corn, nasturtiums, squash; summer in general. Feeling like a sleeping cat.
I noticed a feeling of early fall precisely on Aug. 1. The days started feeling noticeably shorter at the same time; there is a tinge of color on sporadic trees. All this seems a couple of weeks earlier than “normal”. We’re most definitely on the downside of summer, with very few tomatoes set. I’ve never had this many tomato plants grow over 5-feet tall before setting fruit! But, we’re not alone in this predicament. Our day and night temps are so variable, slow to warm and very quick to cool in late afternoon. More heat needed!
Fortunately, the squash have kicked in, though more sporadic than last year, especially for their mammoth sizes. The spaghetti squash is out of hand, while little acorn and delicata fruit are just getting started. The cucumbers are developing nicely, as are the margarita and charantai melons. Corn ears are nicely elongated, waiting to fill out the kernels.
Lavender and nasturtiums cushion a spaghetti squah
It was time for the lettuce to be harvested completely, or be overrun by squash and melons, besides being a little bit bitter. Kale and chard are still vigorous, and the bush beans are still producing well. Harvested over 5 pounds this last week on the oldest row. Basil has been sheared back for a second round of bushy growth. Lots of pesto being made!
- Beet tops and roots: 11.75 pounds
- Basil: 6.25
- Kale: 3.5
- Lettuce blends: 16.5
- Scallions: 0.75
- Spinach: 2
- Swiss chard: 4.75
- Sugar Snap peas: 0.25
- Summer squash: 8.75
Month’s total: 53 pounds
Thank you all participants and garden devas!
Lushness galore! August 8
Posted in Community garden, Harvest tally, Summer, Uncategorized
Tagged basil, beans, beets, buttercup squash, chard, Community garden, corn, cucumber, delicata squash, kale, lettuce, melons, nasturtiums, spaghetti squash, summer squash, tomato