August ended the way it usually does for us in this part of the Ohio River Valley–Hot, humid, a thunderstorm or two. The days are noticeably shorter now, and the plants have noticed. A burst of productivity in the vegetable garden and lots of plants setting seed in the flower beds let us know that summer is drawing to a close.
Despite the heat, we can smell autumn around the edges of each day.
The Purple Coneflowers are not so purple anymore, faded by the sun and feasted on by any number of hungry bugs. Still quite striking in form, they’re making lots of seeds to ensure a good stand next year.
Mexican Sour Gherkin, new to the garden this year, is a tiny cucumber about the size of a large olive and quite lemony in flavor. It makes an interesting addition to salads and martinis. The vines are nice, too, dainty and not prickly like a standard cuke.
Also new this year, a Romanian Sweet Pepper, Antohi Romanian. This one will be back next year, I’m sure.
Boom time in the tomato patch. We’ve been gorging on Black Krim, Cherokee Purples, Mr. Stripeys, and others. Unfortunately, a combination of laziness and finding the perfect location resulted in not rotating the tomato patch this year like we should have; Late Wilt and perhaps Verticillum Wilt found its way into the beds. Mea Culpa. Never underestimate the importance of rotating crops.
Thanks to Helen, over at The Patient Gardener for hosting this meme. It makes for a good excuse to get out in the garden and take a monthly inventory, make some notes, and perhaps, improve things for next year. (Note to self: Rotate the tomatoes!)
Have you made any discoveries or special notes this year? Anything you want to add to or discard from next years lineup? And for you folks in the Southern Hemisphere, trying anything new this year?