I know the calendar says fall is here, but the weather didn’t feel fall-like until today. This past week we had temperatures in the 80s and yesterday the humidity was quite high making it uncomfortable to work outside.
What a difference a day makes. Today is in the 50s requiring a sweatshirt to stay warm. I took advantage of the comfortable weather to clean up the garden. Most of the tomatoes and all the cucumber plants were pulled.
Below is a picture from mid-July of the Roma tomatoes in the self watering containers and a row of four Early Girl tomatoes planted behind these in the traditional garden. They were so healthy then:
The plants were dying and had pretty much finished producing. It was time to put them out of their misery:
A few partially ripe tomatoes were salvaged. These will finish ripening inside on the windowsill:
The San Marazano tomatoes in the square foot gardens are still looking pretty healthy and a full of partially ripe and green tomatoes, so I they are staying for now:
I think by next weekend, I will have enough ripe tomatoes for one more batch of sauce.
This guy startled me as I was cutting through the tomato foliage. I’ve seen plenty of toads, but this is the first pickerel frog that I have seen in the garden this year: