This is always a sad time . . not as sad as some things in life, but I have to make a decision . . do I continue watering the garden in hopes of getting a few more veggies, or do I walk away and let Mother Nature have her way? We’ve been so long without significant rainfall that even watering morning and evening, it’s a struggle to keep things alive. I worry that I’m overworking our well and I hope before next year’s garden, we’ve been able to hit water and put in a separate well for the garden.
This is what the ground in the garden looks like.
This is our third summer here and by far, this has been the best as far as heat and bugs go. The grasshoppers are here but they aren’t terrible . . not nearly as bad as they were last year. We’ve had just a few days with temps over 100, compared to the first summer we were here when there were 99 days straight with the temps over 100.
I will keep a few of the Porter tomato plants watered and they will make right up til frost. These are great for salads and some of them are big enough that we will slice them up for sandwiches. They’re not full size tomatoes but when it’s a Porter or a storebought tomato, a Porter is great!
The garden has produced an amazing amount of garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, strawberries, asparagus and squash this year. I am very pleased with what I’ve been able to put up. Not only have I put up whole tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato powder and used quite a few tomatoes in all the Sweet & Sour Sauce I’ve canned, but I’ve given away so many tomatoes that I think my friends and neighbors are afraid to come over here. Even the UPS guy and the mail lady have been getting more tomatoes than they can possibly use.
I didn’t plant peas of any kind but had quite a few come up volunteer and I got quite a few peas from those volunteer plants, though it was a strange mix and we never got enough to have a meal of just one kind so it was always a “mixed pea/bean” meal consisting of purple hull peas, black beans, cream peas, pinto beans.
I’m still getting kale and okra and the Tabasco peppers are just getting ripe.
I will try to keep the artichokes going . . though I’m not sure they’re ever going to thrive in our hot and dry Texas summers.
It will be a month or so before we harvest sweet potatoes.
The Summer, 2014 garden was a success. On one hand, I’m ready to be done with it but on the other hand, I hate to see it go. Next year, I hope to have the whole fenced area (100′ x 100′) ready to plant and I hope to have the new irrigation system installed.
There will be a fall garden – brussels sprouts, cabbage, sweet peas, lettuce, beets, carrots, onions, the garlic for next year will get planted in the fall, but for at least the next month, there will be little to do in the garden and we will both enjoy the respite from the work out there.