The Milkweed Diaries

Friday, August 21, 2009

Late August in the Garden

With the amount of rain we have had (a lot) and the time of year (dog days) the garden is feeling soggy, blown-out, overrun by pests, and overgrown.

But the gangly, bug-eaten plants are still producing a lot of food, and the zinnias, sunflowers, and marigolds keep on coming.

We're almost finished planting our fall garden (more on that later), but honestly what I feel like doing is throwing in the towel and going out for pizza. In the meantime, here are a few things that are still growing strong:

Stowell's Evergreen heirloom corn: the oldest known named variety of sweet corn, a cross of two Native American varieties.

Lots of tomatoes, but they're all still green. Rain is good for corn and for fall garden seeds coming up; not so good for tomatoes ripening. Since this photo was taken, late blight has appeared on the leaves of most of our tomatoes.

Cherokee Trail of Tears Black Beans: we planted 1,000 beans this year.

We interplanted the beans with Waltham Butternut squash.

Beans on the vine. . .

Onions, thanks to my seed-saving friend Trina from South Carolina. We've never met, but she sent me some onion seeds in the winter that produced these lovlies and lots more!


Daphne said...

Wow a 1000 beans. I wish I had the space to plant that many. I planted 24 Trail of Tears and 24 Cranberry beans. Not all of them came up but a lot of them did.

jack-of-all-thumbs said...

I'm envious of the rain (two inches in ten weeks here...) but I understand the pizza. This weekend my bride of thirty years processed tomatoes and peppers and dug potatoes, while I mowed and weeded. Still, it SO beats city life.

Milkweed said...

Thanks Jack and Daphne...
PS to Jack--we tasted the elderberry mead....YUM! I've been drinking it young mixed with autumn olive mead-really a lovely combination.