Albeit a little frosty in mornings, summer like weather continues. Forecast tell that it may go on till middle of October. Here is small tour of fall garden
Muncher cucumbers are happy and growing. I did not train them upwards this year, I just got lazy. I’m happy to see that they don’t mind crawling and producing. These have come from cheap American Seeds packets purchased at local Walgreens. So far, I have picked about 10-12 of these, much of it enjoyed as Kakadi – Tomato koshimbir.
Two of tomato plants – Sweet 100 and Early Girl.
I bought these from local Rite Aid clearance mid-summer. While planting sweet 100 I accidently snapped the whole plant at root line, I knew I lost it but took a chance and planted it deep. Somewhere I had read that, tomato plants will produce roots if they are planted deep. Miraculously this tomato plant lived and producing. I did dig up out of curiosity and indeed I saw root branches right out of stem just above where it had snapped.
Brassica Bed – Cauliflower, cabbages along with few tomato plants – San Marzano, Jersey, Early Girl and one cherry type.
Beaverlodge Tomatoes – these are only tomato type I am growing from seed.
Green Sorrel – loving this weather!
Green flowing vegetable beds along the back of the house.
Hard to believe it’s October weather wise, warm sunny trend continues. But this trend is going to change very soon, thinking that weather might turn and I won’t be able to spend much time in garden – I decided to invest some time to thin some spring veggies. Yes, you heard right – Spring. Broccoli, Sorrel (if it overwinters), Beets and Chard will go dormant in harsh of the weather but will start to re-grow if temperatures warm in late winter/early spring. I thinned Chard, Broccoli. Got some beet seeds and set to dry them. Although I do not have cloche (yet), some the chard will be harvested towards end of fall.
This week, picked sorrel (again?) and shared with friends.
Also harvested first ever purple kohlrabi. (Looking for recipe ideas, please share), tomato assortment and green/wax beans.
Couple days later, I brought in some fenugreek and radish pods.
Light frost appeared on rooftops, pumpkins and vegetables. This is 3rd October, usually it’s not until October 22—22 around here. Soon sun warmed up the atmosphere and damage is not much. Tomatoes, zucchini and fenugreek is still healthy.
Oh I love love Peanut Butter Tree in my yard. It is so quite unique in all the flowering shrubs around.
In Spring – It stays bare for the longest time, very late to get leaves. It strikes out leafless against neighboring faux cherry tree with its ice cream pink blossoms.
In Summer – Leaves send out peanut buttery aroma every time someone passes by. Jasmine like flowers appear later summer in September. Smell is divine.
In Fall – pink blue pearls of fruits make a very ornamental appearance.
This plant re-seeds itself readily. Every year I find 5-6 saplings in spring growing close to this tree. I have a small one growing ( and even flowering) that I didn’t uproot. It has grown to 2 ft already. It’s not in an ideal location, I’ll check with a friend who wanted this plant.
More of the Peanut Butter Tree here –https://fenugreeklove.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/peanut-butter-tree/
October is bringing in abundant sunshine and it is quire rare here in Pacific Northwest. Fall has begun and we are appreciating everything this garden hhas been producing.
I have been picking so much over last week, here is recap:
Sunday: Green beans and one small early girl tomato. Green beans are mix of Contender (Ed Hume Seeds) and from cheap seed packets of Harvester (American Seeds). Early girls come from seedlings I picked up from local drugstore early summer.h
Monday: few cherry tomatoes
Tuesday: More tomatoes, more green and wax beans and Muncher cucumber
Saturday: Tomatoes (mix of Early Girl, Cherry and San Marzano with some blight). I checked remaining of San Marzanos of any of them showing blight and removed affected promptly. More beans, un-pollinated Zucchini and more Muncher cucumbers were picked.
While walking our lovely Sammamish river trail, me and friend came upon this lovely Pear Tree loaded with fruits along the riverside. Us and few other folks did pick few fruits.
Harvest Summary for week:
Green/Wax Beans: about 45
Misc: small zuk and pears