My friends know how much I love garden and always ask how my garden is doing. August is one of those “blah” months for gardening here in Central Texas, kind of like July usually is, so lately I haven’t had too much to report.
However August brings hope of change. It’s when we start digging around in the garden, cleaning it up and preparing it for our fall gardens.
My mom came to visit earlier this month and one day while she was here we got to work in the garden. I am pretty convinced my mom is the best weeder on the face of this planet. We cleaned out the side beds and then planted pumpkins, beans, butternut squash, and tatume squash seeds. Now all the seeds have sprouted and are well on their way!
The highlight this month has been my peppers. It’s been quite the waiting game. Every year I am disappointed that my peppers don’t do that well, and when I finally give up near the end of the summer they surprise me and produce some peppers. My Serrano peppers are doing the best with a handful growing. In fact, I just harvested my first one this week! Hopefully they keep it up well into the fall.
I’ve even been proud of the pepper plants I thought I had lost in pots earlier this year. About half way through the summer they looked so bad that I transplanted them into the main garden to try and give them a second chance. I didn’t think they would make it, but they pulled through and now even have lots of buds on them. Looking forward to seeing what a second shot at life does to them.
The tomatoes are showing signs of a fall comeback. I’ve been seeing new growth and new blooms, which is quite exciting. Earlier this month I harvested a handful of Brandywine tomatoes and there are little clusters of cherry tomatoes growing in the garden now. Definitely need to do a little pruning this weekend to get rid of some of the dead branches but other than that I can’t wait to see how these tomato plants produce this fall.
Despite the fact that the end of the summer is arriving, I still have hope of getting a couple small watermelons from the transplant I planted late this summer. We’ll see how that goes…
In my container garden, the meyer lemon plant is growing and has lots of new little shoots. This is definitely encouraging despite loosing my entire lemon harvest to squirrels (or possibly birds?) earlier this summer.
The bush beans I planted a couple weeks ago are doing really well, as well as the sweet potatoes. I have never grown sweet potatoes in a container so I am looking forward to seeing how it does.
I recently chopped down some of my herbs like the oregano and peppermint. They definitely seem happy about it now. I am also looking forward to pulling off and saving the seeds from my basil plants soon.
And lastly, I present the newest additions to my garden—succulents! While they are not edible, I am definitely looking forward to watching them grow on my front porch.
Now onto fall gardening. Looking forward to planting broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cucumbers and carrots next week!
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