Weekly Garden Update: 9/19

“Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends…. “, Emerson, Lake, & Palmer


Sorry for the lack of update last weekend, but we were out of town.  This weekend we are back, and we were excited and anxious to see how things went while we were gone.

Garden 2

Garden 1

Overall, the garden looks fine for a week of neglect, even though we *still* haven’t had any rain accumulation now in . ..4 weeks?  Pushing 5?   Our rain-barrels are empty.

We immediately dived in and started harvesting those items which looked like they couldn’t wait, including winter squash (is this *really* a butternut (pictured above).  I mean, it said so when we planted it, but . . .um. . wow).

Moon & Stars

And we have several Moon & Stars watermelons ready, picked one right away.  We have a bunch more butternuts that *look* like butternuts that need to be harvested as well.

Butternut 1

Butternut 2

This week’s harvest includes cucumbers, green beans, ancho & cayenne peppers, Italian rellenos, red bell and pimiento peppers, eggplants.  We have some butter beans and crowder peas that need picking.  Squirrels or possums or who knows what must have eaten all the ripening tomatoes while we were gone, there are only green ones on the vines.

Harvest 1

Harvest 2

Harvest 3

Harvest 3

I’m not sure we’ll have tomatoes until Thanksgiving this year.  You can tell the effects of having no rain, but the basil and most of the other herbs seem to be doing ok.

The greens and whatnot under the covered boxes seem to be doing well, as you can see!


More Greens

Greens under Cover

Box o' Greens

Tabasco Peppers

Green Tomatos

Italian peppers

Cayenne Peppers

Glad to be home!


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5 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: 9/19”

  1. Daphne Gould Says:

    That is a very strange looking butternut. It looks like it crossed with something warty. I’m sure it will taste just as good though.

  2. debiclegg Says:

    Nice Harvest!! I can see how the Moon & Stars watermelon got its name.

  3. kitsapFG Says:

    Welcome home and glad to hear your garden survived well in your absence. Weird that all your ripe tomatoes are gone – if it were critters I would expect there to be a few remains left behind that would be a tell tale sign?!

    The harvest looks great this week but the moon and stars watermelon and the butternuts are the big attractions from my perspective!

  4. tempusflits Says:

    Late making it through the blogs this week, but I wanted to compliment you on your garden. Everything looks great! I’m also in Illinois where the garden is just about done. It was fun to see so many plants still producing.

    I especially appreciated the photo of crops under cover. I wondered what you used to support the cover? I’m a container gardener and am trying to figure out how I could use row cover in pots.

  5. foodgardenkitchen Says:

    You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a squirrel heading for a tree while carrying a tomato 1/3rd as large as itself…

    In other news, another charentais got ‘et by a critter (sigh). Oh and that lovely moon & stars we picked wasn’t ripe inside, though I’m not sure how that is possible at this time of year.

    We went to the Lowes / HomeDepot store and bought a roll of white pipe that bends (not the rigid PVC, the other one) from the plumbing department. We bought X (cross) couplings that were big enough to *just* run 2 of these pipes completely through it.

    One of the older garden updates has better pictures of what we built.

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