I know it's only mid-August, but we're thinking the same thing so many other gardeners around here have already said; fall is in the air. I'm going out on a limb and calling it late summer.
Our very first yellow squash so late in the season! We got a few zucchinis but the plants succumbed to vine borers early on. This is a late bloomer.
The winter squash plant pictured below completely amazes us, because the plant is all but dead. It's been sick for weeks, yet it's still producing flowers and the fruit is very healthy.
|The squash plant is not that green leafage you see behind the bloom. It's what's in my hand.|
We purchased several cauliflower plants from a nursery near our home and planted them in the empty potato patch together with our left over romaine-lettuce starts (pictured below). We still have several cauliflower plants inside under lights. They won't go out for two weeks.
We're not sure where we'll plant all our seedlings. We have cabbage, broccoli and more cauliflower. We might have to dig a second patch next to this one. There's space for it, and we could plant corn there next spring. I have a feeling I'll be shovel-plowing on my next day off!
|nursery cauliflower and seedling romaine lettuce|
Several pictures of our late summer garden with captions...
|A surprise pumpkin. This volunteer plant flowered many times before this little guy finally appeared. And he has two happy friends. That makes 1 for C. James, 1 for Q. James and 1 for papa on Halloween -the gift of gardening!|
|It's a strawberry patch, I swear! It's in desperate need of our attention.|
|Our romaine lettuce is doing fine. The heat doesn't seem to be to much for it.|
|Next to the romaine lettuce we have some very sad looking leeks. They were covered by our cucumber patch for most of the summer. We're thinking we'll overwinter them and hope for the best.|
|Could we get a second run of melons? The plant now has blight. We'll see what happens.|