Cooler nights, reduced sunlight, disease, insects, deer damage, and diminishing nutrients, are all taking its toll in the garden spot. Most of the plants are slowing down and are looking very tattered and tired.
Peppers are still going strong thanks to some really warm weather. Last time I showed peppers for Harvest Monday I mentioned that it is very rare for my peppers to ripen. Within only a few days of posting this I was thrilled to see some color:
Powdery mildew and squash bugs killed the squash, cucumbers, and melons early. I have never had much of a problem with squash bugs until this year. I rescued the last of the Sweet Dumpling squash, and Delicata:
Deer walk through the garden often now munching on random foliage along the way. They ate my bush beans early in the season and continue to feed on the foliage of the pole beans every now and then. Luckily the tops of the pole beans continue to produce and provided me with enough beans for fresh eating and I have canned several cases of pint jars to enjoy over the winter:
Early blight affected the Roma tomatoes near the beginning of the season reducing overall yield. Luckily the first wave of tomatoes that formed was numerous and most of these ripened before the plants completely succumbed. Early blight eventually affected the other tomatoes in the garden as it does every year but there are some fruit hanging in there and ripening every day. The kitchen counter is still piled high with ripening tomatoes. I have several more weeks of tomato processing ahead of me but I know the end is near:
We picked the first small batch of Concord Grapes this week. These were washed and frozen for now but will be used for either jelly or wine.
The last of the corn was harvested. There are a few small ears left on the stalks but they don't seem to be growing. We enjoyed about a dozen freshly harvested ears of corn this year and froze some for later:
Be sure to visit Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.