Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Fast Fading Away

The summer is fast sliding in Fall.  The nights are beginning to dip back in the 60s with regularity.  One night was even in the 50s.  That's not to say that 90s could raise an ugly head a time or two before being defeated for the year.  This year has had more 90 degree days than any summer I can remember.  
The tiny little tomato plants that were planted in the tomato towers have grown considerably.  Since this picture was taken the closest two tomatoes have grown up above the tower by at least a foot and are still climbing.  All I've done for these tomatoes is water them with the natural spring water in June.  There's been no special fertilizer and no chemicals for bugs or blight or fungus.  They are awesome.  I've been harvesting a five gallon bucket full of tomatoes every couple days for the last two weeks.  There's way more than I can use and I don't preserve garden vegetables.  I just like to grow them.  I set up a pallet in front of the garden with a free sign on it.  I put all the tomatoes on the pallet and the next day they have all disappeared.  It's my way of giving to the neighborhood.  I have some small pumpkins and watermelons that I'll be doing the same thing with soon. 

The big thing now that the harvesting is in full swing is weed eradication.  The weeds have become monstrous because of the rains that have been falling on the gardens.  I had a light bulb moment this summer and came to the conclusion that not only do I not really like to preserve the harvest and give it all away but I really wasn't into growing the vegetables this year.  Well, what is it then that draws me to the garden.
Yeah, garden design and structure has been my interest this year.  The tomato towers, the sweet corn fortress, the minit water tower, and now the poor man's brick entrance to the garden.   Oh, contrar, this is not the end of the red brick road.  The formal 30 X 30 foot garden area will have all brick pathways.  Maybe not this year and maybe not even next year but some day it will have all six pathways bricked.  The time needed is too much for one year's project.  

Yes, the sweet corn fortress was worth every minute of construction and finally I got to eat sweet corn until I was sick of it.  It was the best sweet corn ever.  Now I know what it takes to keep the raccoons out of the corn.  I was so glad that no raccoons were harmed or killed in the growing of the sweet corn.  I really do need to see if that old freezer in the garage is still operational.  It worked 10 years ago but seriously, it's 30 some years old so I'm not really expecting that it will.  

How has your summer been?


  1. Love the photo of you with your corn!--the ULTIMATE summer supper, along with a tomato/cucumber salad, all from the garden.

    I am sort of with you on liking to DESIGN the garden over growing/preserving. Unfortunately, preserving the harvest is very important given the limited budget around here. And yup, it's nice to get stuff out of the root cellar and freezer all winter that I grew, so I suffer the prepping it in the fall.

    Glad you had a great sweet corn harvest. Mine is still going and we're relishing every bit. It's funny though-----last year, I had a terrible time with corn worms and this year??--NOT ONE> The corn was picture perfect. That makes me super happy, but ---this year is going to be hard to match again.
    Well, enjoy the upcoming fall weather.

  2. Yum yum, that corn looks delicious!


  3. Lee, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The was delicious. Especially, after trying to grow corn for such a long time and getting nothing.

    Have a great day.

  4. Sweet corn score!!! Awesome! I would so put some of that sweet corn in the freezer if you can. Nice to have a bit of summer in January. Great giving the neighborhood veggies. I take my extra produce to work and it finds a home every time. I like the pavers. A little at a time and it will happen. That's how we're working on our house. We may live with it "uncomplete" for a while. One room at a time, step by step. We'd never have a big chunk of time to do a whole job straight through. Thanks for the update. Enjoying the cooler nights here too. Miss the longer daylight hours though.

  5. Thanks for sharing your garden news & garden produce. Lucky neighbors.

  6. I'm just now seeing this Dave. Very nice! So glad you prevailed over the raccoons. The corn looks great!