I knew this day was coming. It was inevitable, creeping up behind me like a ghost in my dreams, leaving me desperately trying to scream out, but ultimately unable to let out one peep in retort. OK well it’s not quite that scary, but you get the idea.
I went out Monday to pick the okra that had grown wildly out of control (seriously, some of the pods were a FOOT LONG, so tough they were unusable at that point), then filtering through the pods to see what I could keep. I saw the ghostly shadows of my summer garden peeking over the fading cedar boards, glaring at me for leaving the grassy weeds to suck the life from the soil, stealing it from their own roots.
So I planned the day. I knew that today was going to be the morning that I would enjoy the sunshine warming my back while I weeded and plucked the lifeless remnants from the dry brown earth. I started with the cucumbers that so bitterly disappointed me upon harvest (literally, they were REALLY bitter).
I really tried tilling the soil, but I was so exhausted by that time, it was very clear to me how terribly out of shape I have become. I did manage to get enough turned over to plant some new seeds, which I decided would suffice, along with some organic fertilizer and soil nutrients.
My intention was to clear out those old vines and weeds and plant fall crops. I did succeed in that mission. I managed to plant winter squashes of 3 varieties, pumpkins, beets, carrots, radishes, cabbage, kohlrabi, beets, kale and spinach (those in the containers below).
I also managed to plant the herb seeds I had left, although I have very minimal expectations for those pots, since they’ve been troublesome since the spring trial. I was too tired to get the bulbs in today.
I do still have the excitement and anticipation of watermelon and cantaloupe ripening. I need to do my research on how to know when they will be ripe, exactly, but they’re coming along nicely. See how many you can find amongst the green vines growing EVERYWHERE! I think there’s 5 melons in there!!!
And I know that next year I will have an amazing crop of asparagus, considering those leafy fronds that have graced my garden box ALL SUMMER LONG.
And as you can see, my okra is doing just fine. Happy gardening my friends!