The garden has been winding down – REALLY winding down – in the last week. Our days have been cool & our nights have been cooler – many in the mid-single digits (less than 50°F). As the weather channel put it – it's September but it feels like October. I guess that’s about right, considering we had September weather since early July. We have not had a frost yet, but I’m sure it is just around the corner even though our official last frost date isn’t until October 3rd.
Many of my beds are either done or almost done. I originally thought that I would be planting more fall crops, overwintering spinach, etc., but I have decided to let those ideas go for this year. I still have a ton of general maintenance work to do in the garden - things that I have been meaning to do all summer but never got around to - like moving the rest of the triple mix & mulch from our driveway onto the hill area (where I plan to place a few more raised beds next year).
So on to the garden tour. Firstly there is the small vegetable bed section with 4 raised beds – all new this year. This is where the onions, beans, cucumbers and most of the squash were placed.
The two onion beds are pretty much empty now that the storage onions have been pulled.
The only remaining inhabitant of these two beds is the perennial bunching onions.
|Perennial Bunching Onions|
I’m up in the air as to what to do with these because of the onion maggot issues I had this year. I read that onion maggots do not favour green onions, but I did find one in the only green onion I pulled so far.
I was hoping to establish the perennial bunching onions this year but now I’m not sure if I should be keeping these are starting over again next year, this time covering them with netting. Since the pupae overwinter in the soil & not the plants themselves, I’m leaning towards leaving them, and then digging them up in the early spring (assuming they survive the winter) and replanting them in another bed before the first generation of onion maggot flies emerge in May.
The two other beds in this area contained the beans, cucumbers and squash. The beds are looking much the worse for wear.
The majority of the beans, Trail of Tears, have been picked& are drying. There are only a few stragglers left on the vines, the last to mature. I have not been waiting for them to dry on the vines but picking them when they are mature and spreading them out on a screen in the garage to dry, which seems to be working quite well.
|Bean Bed - or what's left of it|
The Garden Sweet cucumbers were finished last week and there are three Suyo Long cucumbers ready to pick.
|Last of the Suyo Long Cucumbers|
|Cucumber vines on the right & middle;|
Zucchetta Tromboncino on the left
The summer and winter squash are finished. In the past month, powdery mildew has basically taken over all of the cucumber and squash plants. You can see in the above photo that the Zucchetta Tromboncino vine, although also affected, looks much better than the other vines. So it appears that it is somewhat resistant, although unfortunately there are no squash on the vine that have a chance of maturing.
I had planted borage in the squash beds as pollinator attractors. These plants were pulled out a few weeks ago as they were huge and, quite frankly, getting in the way. I recall hearing others complain about how readily borage self sows. And they were right:
|Tons of borage seedlings have|
emerged in the squash bed
|Dwarf Green Curled Kale - or is it?|
|Pepper plants still green and lush|
These will be hard to get rid of
Till next time...☺