This has left the garden pretty well neglected this summer. The okra was half-gone, and mostly gone to seed when I finally got back to unearthing it from the massive weeds and towering cosmos that had taken over. A few tomatoes clung to living - I'll be planting those hardy ones again next year! I know there are some peanut plants that have sprung up and I can see glimpses of. Even a random beet plant has made it so far! A few green bean vines are still trying to produce, even though I can't even get to them right now. I still have more unearthing to do. I can also see the kale growing back there, without my being able to get to it, either! All the while, the lime tree has been drooping lower... and lower... and lower, weighed down by the limes it put on this spring! And underneath it, the Concord grape vine has been quite happy, and my hubby has enjoyed going out to pick the grapes as they ripen. Even the munchkins are getting in on harvesting those! =)
So far this year, we've harvested at least 2/3 of a bushel of small limes (the picture is just one of the two pickings). We've just started to harvest, too! I've been taking those up to the farmer's market to sell on Saturdays. I've also been enjoying them myself a good bit. They're great to add to water for a little zest and flavor!
Now here it is, the first of August, and I realize the summer has slipped away, and it's time to prepare for fall!! Seeds have begun to arrive - new rounds of things I don't have from my own plants. Yesterday brought spinach, kale (mine won't go to seed!), and some new corn I want to try for the fall. This year I'm going to go a little more standard in my seed-starting, and I've ordered trays to start my seeds in! I'm movin' on up in the garden world over here! =)
I also plan to rearrange how I plant my garden this year, now that I know my brassicas can last over a year!!! They will now be planted in the back part of the garden, with the rotational plants going into the front, where I can pick and harvest those more easily, as well as replace them more quickly as spring approaches and it's time to put in THOSE rotational crops! =)
How does your garden grow?