Hello again, friends. It's (past) time for another (perhaps the last of the year) garden update.
True to form, the garden descended into beautiful chaos by the end of August. It's still pretty chaotic, but I pulled out most of the tomato plants, leaving some calming blank space.
I pulled each of the tomato plants out as soon as they didn't have any green tomatoes on them, and now I have just two roma tomato plants left. They're both looking pretty straggly, but I decided leave them in to give those poor green tomatoes a chance.
It's been a successful tomato year. I canned two batches of salsa, and I have enough tomatoes, between the freezer, the tomato-ripening-bag-on-the-counter, and the green ones still on the vine, to make about 6-7 pints of sauce (depending, of course, on how many of those green ones ripen). So exciting.
This is one of our biggest Sakata's sweet melons. We've got 12-15 of them in various sizes across three plants. I am crossing my fingers that at least one of them ripens before our first frost.
Let's see. In other garden news, I've got 15 tiny radish plants growing. Radishes are supposed to take about 4 weeks, but since it's cooler and the days are getting shorter, these will likely take longer. They can take a light frost, and they're in a container, so I can bring them in if we're going to get a hard frost, so it's likely we'll have a few radishes to eat soon(ish).
The grape and cherry tomatoes are pretty much done, I think, but again, I'm leaving them in place just in case any stragglers want to ripen. I harvested some basil the other day, but I think that's pretty much done growing, too.
The little green strawberry worms are back. Ugh. I'm 90% sure I'm going to just take out that bed in the spring, and either not grow strawberries anymore, or grow them in one of the other beds. We weren't getting a good harvest and those little green worms were so annoying to deal with.
And I think that's it. How did your garden do this year?