State of the August Garden

State of August Garden
State of August Garden

The garden is taking a beating this month. We had our first over 100 degree day last week.

If you want to follow along with my virtual garden tour, here is a map.

2017 Garden plot plan
2017 Garden plot plan

We start at the lower right side, with the herb garden plots.

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Plot 1 is planted with Stevia, which is turning brown now. We are going to pull some leaves to dry, and perhaps a stem to propagate if the plant dies. It is a perennial plant, and did come back last year after the freeze, but its better to be safe than sorry. My mint plant is thinning out now. It is still green, but less bushy than before. The Oregano needs to be cut back again. It seems to enjoy the hot weather. I took some to plant between the rocks in our front path, and they are growing well, but not spreading yet.

Plot 2 has Tarragon, which is still small. It hasn’t grown large, but it is hanging in there. The Mammoth Dill plants have gone to seed; I need to finish harvesting the seeds, and pull them out.

Plot 3 has the Rosemary and Bee Balm, both of which are doing well. The Sage plant is looking stressed out, and I will harvest some leaves and perhaps

Plot 4 has Parsley, still growing well, and Ginger that hasn’t really taken off this year like it did last year. The Chives are still green and growing.

In the vegetable plots, Plot 5 has Swiss Chard coming back. It looked bad last month, but has been putting out small leaves again. The big Zucchini plant without any fruit is thinning out, and looks like it is drying up.

Plot 6 is watermelon. We had 2 watermelons, but one dried up before it was ripe. The second is still growing; it is abut 15″ long now.

Plot 7 has a newly planted crop of Black-Eyed Peas. They are growing, but no flowers yet.

Plot 8 had Bush beans; they are all dead now, but the Zucchini is looking okay right now. We have only harvested a few Zucchini fruit so far this year. The lettuce under the trellis is finally going to seed. The trellis has pole beans, still growing. They are putting out flowers now; we will see if they put out any beans later on. I replanted Cucumbers earlier in July; they are up, but not yet reaching for the trellis.

Plot 9 has Swiss Chard and Kale, just beginning to leaf out again. The Swiss Chard is a perennial plant if it doesn’t get too cold. The Kale is a biennial plant, meaning it takes two years to produce flowers and seeds. So, this is the second year for the Kale; perhaps

Plot 10 has the Tomato and Pepper plants. Tomatoes can hang on through the hot summers. Our cherry tomato plant has no fruit now, but is beginning to put out flowers. The Pepper is still putting out fruit.

Plot 11 has Zucchini plants, still small, with no fruit. I have an Eggplant that this year only grew small eggplants, maybe three inches long, but several of them.

Plot 12 is the winter squash. It is still hanging on, but has thinned out considerably. There are three squash fruits on the vine now; we have harvested several already.

Plot 13 was my intercropped experiment. It is all dead now, and needs to be replanted with something else.

Plot 14 is the large tomato plants. Like the cherry tomatoes, it has no fruit, but also no flowers as of yet. It is still green, though.

Plot 15 was the corn plot. Nothing is growing there now, but I’m going to plant another crop of corn. They should mature before the first frost in November.

Plot 16 is all dead now. If you read the August planting guide, you know I can plant broccoli or maybe another bean variety.

Plot 17 is where I recently replanted cantaloupe.

I planted a pumpkin in Plot 18, but a critter ate it the next day.

Plot 19 has another Pumpkin, planted earlier. It is up and growing slowly. Along the fence, volunteer Malabar Spinach is growing. It is not as thick as last year, because I didn’t actively plant it, just let it come up. Along the other fence, another stand of Malabar Spinach is growing. This bunch is beginning to seed. The Cucumber plant here has dried up. Somehow a volunteer hot pepper plant began growing along the fence this summer. And then, further down the fence line, I have some more volunteer Malabar Spinach coming up.

So, my August garden is hanging in there, and I am waiting for cooler weather to begin planting fall crops.

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