Saturday, August 7, 2010

Scenes from the August Garden

The August Garden
Call me crazy but I am already in fall/winter gardening mode. The zucchini plants have finally succumb to powdery mildew and will be pulled out soon. The cucumbers are looking rather dire if you ask me and the tomato vines have begun to flop over onto themselves. Such is to be expected this time of year. Today, being that it was the coolest day we've had in a while, made me feel as though fall was just around the corner. On that note, here are some random scenes from the August Garden.

August Onion, Beet and Carrot Harvest
I pulled all of my remaining onions, beets and carrots a few days to make way for fall plantings.

Onion Harvest
The onions turned out rather small. Next year, I will be more careful about spacing.

growing celery
The celery is practically ready to be harvested. I already have a ton frozen for winter use.

Growing Lemongrass
The lemongrass I planted from stalks purchased at the Asian market is doing well. I really should have started it earlier this year.

Summer Basil
The basil is in desperate need of a haircut. Maybe I can get my act together this week and make pesto.

Hanging Sugar Baby Watermelons
I used bird netting to tie these Sugar Baby watermelons to the wire fence. At least the mice won't be able to get to them at this height.

Ripening Sugar Baby Watermelon
What do you think? Is this one ripe yet?

Imperial Artichoke
Finally, it looks like my first artichoke will be ready to pick soon. A second one is just beginning to form.


  1. How and for what end use do you freeze your celery?

  2. Everything looks fantastic.

    Here is Virginia, the cucumber has been gone for weeks and the zucchini has flowers but no fruit.

    And don't even get me started on the tomatoes.

    Gardening, a triumph of hope over experience.

  3. Hi Kevin, in my opinion, celery freezes really well. Since we only like it cooked, I use it to flavor stocks, in soups and stews, and in sides like stuffing.

  4. Our cucumber plants have powdery mildew too. So annoying. Your harvests look great.

  5. The beets look wonderful and that celery is to die for!

  6. The garden is transitioning nicely into the next phase. I love the four season garden because it is always in motion - but always producing.

    The watermelon sure looks ripe to me!

  7. I pulled one of my three squash plants last night too...trying to clear out some space for some kind of fall greens. Collards is my preference, but I can't find transplants or seeds, although it's probably too late for seeds.

    There ought to be some sure fire way to figure out when a watermelon is ready. I hope you have better luck than I did.

  8. I thought watermelon was ripe when the bottom touching the ground was white or yellow. But you might want to double check this.
    Anna in MD

  9. Gorgeous. I'm quickly transitioning to fall gardening as well. Almost everything has been planted already. I can't wait to harvest in January!

  10. Your onions, carrots and beets are beautiful! I am still hoping for some nice size onions here.

    I have harvested all but one bunch of celery. Yours is looking good! It will be a nice treat to have some for use over the winter.

  11. The variety coming out of your garden is impressive. I giggled at the "small" onions - I don't think they are small at all... if ours turned out that large, I'd be thrilled!

    The plants you're showing in all of the pictures look incredibily healthy.

  12. I'd pick it, mine was perfect and the "tendril" never browned! Mine were the same variety.

  13. Fantastic pictures, Thomas. You have one of the prettiest gardens on the internet, and i'm just in awe at your success...

  14. A melon grower at a farmer's market I go to said when the belly looks like your does, it ready.

    Your celery is gorgeous!!

    How hard were the artichokes to grow? I have never ate an artichoke!

  15. Congrats on the artichoke and that celery looks divine ! Your garden has produced marvelously this year Thomas, and lots more to come.

    Fall is slowly but surely creeping in. This first part of August has definitely been cool in my neck of the woods.

  16. I think I'll have a very sad garden this fall. I keep meaning to start some transplants, but I just haven't found the time. Today we were putting up the shades. I didn't even get to my cucumber relish yet. Maybe tomorrow.

  17. Beautiful garden Thomas! And thanks for the post about getting ready for fall. You gave me hope that this atrocious heat won't last forever.

  18. What super duper celery. I just made some delicious cold celery soup: celery, stock, buttermilk, whoosh.

    What clever idea - the tying of the melons with netting.

    And I'm relieved to hear that someone else's cucumbers are looking dire.

    Artichoke envy. If you ever get sick of eating them, the flowers are gorgeous.

  19. Hi Andrea, artichokes can be fairly difficult to grow in our Zone 6, particularly because the plant naturally produces in the second year and it can be tough to over-winter them. The trick in getting them to produce the first year is to make them make them think that they've already experienced winter by starting them in late January and exposing them to cold temps in March and April.

  20. What are those giant things in the foreground in your first picture?! It looks like kale on stilts! Your garden is so gorgeous.

  21. Nice artichoke. Our two plants are just sorta hanging out. Maybe next year.