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Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011

For the last week and a half the weather has been warm with ample sunshine.  Not only is the grass a verdant green, the garden has been producing some vegetables lately.  It’s nothing compared to summer production but I’ll take whatever it will give me.  The last patch of Provider beans are still hanging on.  The beans look different this time of year, and many have some insect damage, but they are still beans, and still mighty tasty.  I also got two eggplant, a Marconi pepper and a Cubanelle pepper.  Enough to roast beans and grill eggplant for company this weekend. 

This is what the garden is up against now.  This picture was taken at 10:30 AM looking south.  The peppers are just  getting the first direct sun of the day.

And here’s a picture taken at 3:30 PM the same day, facing WNW.  The peppers have been in the shade about 20 minutes or so.  There’s a large red oak tree that casts a lot of afternoon shade in the fall.  The beds get about 4 ½ hours of direct sun right now, and less everyday. 

I don’t know if the Chinese cabbage will get to a head before it just stops growing.  I’m still hoping for some lettuce.   It’s just about over, and I’m already planning out next years beds.  

Yields for the week:  Snap beans: 21 oz;  Eggplant 12 oz;  Sweet peppers 12 oz.     

3 comments:

henbogle.com said...

The dark days are truly upon us. I miss the sunshine more than anything, I don't think I'd mind the cold and snow if the days were longer... Enjoy your beans, I've been missing them, and may need to grab some at the farmers market for one more taste before the end....

villager said...

We've been enjoying the warm weather down here too, though it won't last. I'm waiting for Chinese cabbage to head up too. It has taken way longer than the seed packet would indicate.

kitsapFG said...

I get the same thing in the fall/winter/early spring - in that our tall trees block the sun when the sun is sitting low on the horizon. I have to get all my fall/winter crops to maturity (or close to it) before the sun availability becomes so low that the plants just go essentially dormant - with little or no growth. I also have to have enough of it available to provide given that the plants don't rebound with growth in the low sun low warmth environment of fall/winter.

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