Garden Update

It’s the end of October and thus my first season of vegetable gardening is coming to an end. I’m going to go ahead and assign myself a E for effort.

We had oddles of lettuce early in the summer but by July my enthusiasm began to wain as the pests started decimating my crops and the excessive rain was precipitating all kinds of rot and blight on whatever was left.

Then, just as I was about to abandon the whole endeavor…

Behold! The starship squash!

There were a few more of these and they were delicious.

A few weeks later I picked my carrots. They were a bit small. I probably picked them too early. Another lesson learned.

We also had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with, a few green peppers, some jalapeños, parsnips and some lovely kale.

My broccoli heads were also really small. I didn’t pick them on time and they flowered.

Ok, this is going to sound really dumb but it never occurred to me that the little nubs on heads of broccoli were actually buds so I was surprised to find little yellow flowers out there one day. We won’t have homegrown broccoli this year but I learned something new and the bees loved them.

These tomatillos should also be much larger but I don’t think they’ll mature before the frost. It looks like my fresh salsa verde dreams won’t come true this year. I’ll try again next year.

I still have some kohlrabi and turnips still to be picked before I pack it in for the season and the brussels sprouts just started budding, so I guess we’ll see how that goes. Overall though, I’m over the outdoors thing for the season and ready to move on to other projects. Now, I’m biding my time until mid-November when I can start putting out my Christmas decorations!

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