There comes a time in each gardening season where the garden just succumbs to Mother Natures demands.
Succumb...Now that's a word you don't use every day.
I think the pattern is set for us this year. Hot and dry. Considering that, I think we've done pretty well by our Summer Garden.
I just went out and picked the last (I expect) of the Summer Yellow Squash. The SVB's have finally arrived and flat lined the zucchini. The yellows are sure to follow but all in all I'm thrilled to have had what I consider the best year ever for production. Last year, I think I maybe got a pot full before the SVB' killed them.
I also did a second Winter squash pull.
After rinsing in (very light) bleach water, I dried them and stuck them in the spare bedroom to cure.
Take this picture and triple it.
I've got Winters curing everywhere.
My green and yellow beans died a quick death along with the cucs. They just couldn't take the heat. I tried a (new to me) Asian Long Bean this year. Once they bloomed they grew at an alarming rate.
The taste is mild and I liked them best as a quick toss on the grill but I honestly couldn't get past the asphalt gray color that these pretty purple beans turned once exposed to the heat. I gave the rest to the dogs and shrugged that off as a neat experiment.
If they're available in GREEN next year, I'll try them again.
After a slight pause due to the hot and dry weather, the Zinnia's are putting out again this week after a surprise pop-up gave them a nice drenching.
All in all though I think this week will tie it all up and we'll close up shop until September. We're back in the 100's with no rain forecast.