The squash bugs are still doing their best to take over my garden, so over the past week I’ve been pulling my squash plants (and killing bugs like crazy.) I am trying not to think about how expensive the few squash that I’ve managed to produce were considering how much money I paid out to my kids for killing squash bugs. I’ve killed hundreds if not thousands myself. I hate them, and I hate them. I won’t say anything more about it though, because it’s just downright discouraging. We have eaten pumpkin custard and butternut squash risotto in the past week though, and that is encouraging.
The black eyed peas are ready, and we ate a nice black eyed pea gumbo this week. The delicata winter squash wasn’t too impressive for us yield wise (again the bugs) but was popular with some of my family when prepared like this. The Kentucky pole beans are being picked as well, but I am reminded that I prefer wax beans (making a note of that for next year.)
I am working on my fall garden still. In this photo there is Russian red kale on the left, and a mixture of bull’s blood beets, lettuce, and arugula on the right. I don’t know how I ever gardened without using the gardening mesh to protect my little plants from cats and chickens. I’ve also transplanted from the flats I started a few weeks ago: rainbow chard, collard greens, broccoli, and red cabbage. I’ve still got more to do: there’s garlic to be planted, and more greens. I bought my crimson clover seed and will start sowing that in empty beds soon.
The areas of the garden on the right that still look thick and green are planted with sweet potatoes. I will be so thrilled if those do well this year. Judging from the above ground portion, they are looking really good.
How about you? How’s your garden growing?