I'm really not an expert gardener - by any definition! - but if a plant is willing to make me something tasty to eat, I'm usually willing to take care of it. I buy almost all my produce at the farmers market... but there are a few things I manage to grow at home.
This time of year, things are mostly winding down in our garden. Yesterday I finally did a last big tomato pick. The yellow bowl is filled with ripe and almost-ripe tomatoes that can hang on for a little while. The blue colander has tomatoes that need to get used up ASAP. We had a crazy heat wave a little while back and you can see that some of the tomatoes got totally burnt on the sides where they were facing the sun. Crazy! There are still a few lonely straggler tomatoes left on the plants... I'll see if they ripen at all, or maybe I'll just pick them and have some green tomatoes.
I also finally harvested my garlic recently. I still need to give them all haircuts (cut off the roots). Then I'll pick out the largest cloves from the largest heads of garlic - and plant those for next year. This year I finally bought a nice little tupperware to hold all my garlics.
I usually grow butternut squash too - it's sort of a family tradition. My grandparents used to grow millions of butternuts. They stored them and ate them all year long. I planted 3 plants, and only got 8 squashes, which is a pretty lame turnout, but still. It's the sentiment of the thing. Plus, it's most likely my fault for not watering them enough. I'm not very good about watering.
One crop that is still definitely going strong is our apple tree. Our apples are a pretty late-ripening apple, so they usually stick around until almost Thanksgiving time. This year has been VERY ABUNDANT. Obviously, that's awesome - but it's also sort of oppressive. Pretty much all day long I am thinking "I should be picking apples. I should be making applesauce," and so on. Last night I was out picking at twilight, which was very beautiful.
sometimes it feels like my tree is attacking me with its generosity!
By the time I finished picking, it was dark out, and I took this crummy picture just for you. This is my crop so far, but this is probably only about 50% of our apples. That's a lot of apples! SERIOUSLY. Plus, I've already made two batches of applesauce. For whatever reason, almost all our apples have bugs or blemishes, which is sort of a drag. That white tupperware is something I bought for storing the "perfect" apples in our garage. Also, today I am planning to borrow my friend's dehydrator and make some dried apple slices.
help! I'm drowning in a giant pyramid of apples!
(nice problems to have!)
Here is bonus picture that I took of Yummers Potatoes yawning on the bed. Roar!