Regular readers know that I suffered catastrophic garden losses thanks to a house/cat/garden sitter who did a great job with two out of three. I’m pleased to report, though, that courtesy of the pre-soaking (and sometimes pre-sprouting) technique, I’ve got butter peas, summer squash of several varieties, cucumbers (Armenian and a pickling cucumber), and okra all peeping out of the earth, facing the scorching temperatures bravely. A bunch of different basils successfully sprouted too, as did some volunteer radishes. I hope that winter squash will emerge soon to join all of the other garden babies. I’m watering all of my seedlings daily, in hopes that our record-high temperatures will break soon. It was too late for re-planting the dozens of peppers I lost, but everything else is pretty well on track.
My tomatoes were better prepared for abuse than everything else, having not only been planted extra-deep but also having thick mulch and soaker hoses. They are doing really well, especially my Principe Borghese sun-drying tomatoes. I have an Excalibur dehydrator on its way to the homestead now to process these little ruby gems into chewy, almost smoky intensely tomato-y dried treats for winter and spring. I hope our apples continue to grow, as it looks like we’ll have plenty of those for drying as well as for savory jelly and apple butter.
And we’ve still got some peppers, some eggplants, leeks, carrots, cabbages . . . and grand plans for fall plantings of more cool-season vegetables.
What’s growing in your garden? What are you planning for fall in the garden?
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