At the End of August

Eggplant, tomatoes, okra, purple hull peas, apples, cantaloupes and watermelons are still coming in. It’s a great time of year for seasonal eating.

The temperature plummeted this week. From steamy days in the 90’s (“feels like 118” my weather page said), this morning I awoke to 59. And it finally rained, settling the sun-baked dust.

Our fall garden loves the cool weather, and the nice drink of water.

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I planted collards, kale, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, turnips, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, beets, Tokyo Bekana, mizuna, bok choy, komatsuna, tatsoi, Chinese cabbage, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and arugula.

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Yesterday I dug under a couple of the sweet potato vines and was pleased to discover nice fat tubers. I’ll probably start digging them in a couple of weeks.

And here comes fall.

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28 comments on “At the End of August

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    The garden looks great! In Maine, the temp has dipped so much that Clif is talking about moving the fan in the attic and shutting up the opening. I think fall is here, despite what the calendar says. And to borrow from my blogging friend Judy, yes, that’s me whining about it. šŸ˜‰

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  2. Love seeing your garden, looks great. Still sizzling here in South Florida. Saw Papayas growing wild on a construction site!

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Your garden looks so beautiful. I especially like the top photo. The colors, textures, and lines are so pleasing.

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  4. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, we haven’t seen but one or two 90 degree days in all of August. It’s supposed to be one of the hottest months for Nebraska but this year it’s bee quite mild. The nights are heavenly and gets into the lower 60s and upper 50s every night. That’s very usual. I’ve started cleaning up the garden which normally doesn’t start until the end of September. It’s been a prolific garden year and I’ve harvested way more than I could use or give away so there’s not use in letting the garden continue to produce. I never had that happen before.

    Have a great end of August day.

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  5. I wanted to thank you, Bill, for recommending that we readers plant Shisho. It is now my favorite vegetable that I grow! Love your posts. Keep writing!

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  6. Those veggies in rows hold so much promise! I love seeing a glimpse of your garden (farm?) Beautiful!

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks. That’s exactly how I feel about young gardens. The cool weather veggies are loving the weather we’ve been having lately. If I can keep the deer out, I’m looking forward to lots of fall goodies!

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  7. Nita says:

    Beautiful fall garden!

    We’re still in the high 90’s here and it feels like the entire PNW is on fire. Smoky, hot and dusty!

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    • Bill says:

      Yuck. Sorry to hear that Nita. We had a VERY dry summer, but it’s raining today and the temps have dropped a lot. It feels like fall is coming and the garden is responding. Hope you get a break there soon!

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  8. Dearest Bill,
    Well, it is not quite fall yet…
    What a sight is your BEAUTIFUL vegetable garden! That makes my market gardener’s daughter’s heart sing.
    Impeccable weed free and perfectly prepared to watering.
    Hope all will turn out great.
    We had lots of rain today and thunder.
    But no complains. We ought to pray for those Americans living in Texas and in Louisiana. May it soon dry out and let’s hope they can rebuild.
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

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    • Bill says:

      Good reminder Mariette. I feel a little guilty feeling thankful for rain in light of what’s happening in Texas and Louisiana. May we all get what we need, and no more.

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  9. As I write this EARLY morning, it is 37 degrees. There is no chance of a fall garden here so I am envious of your planting in anticipation of more goodness from the soil.
    Enjoy!!

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  10. Joanna says:

    I have been harvesting peas and beans here as they are going over and I am trying to save the seed before they disappear into a damp squidgy mess. Yes it’s raining again šŸ˜¦ AT least there are about a dozen squash plants that I harvested that were big enough. Only. few weeks ago, I was wondering if there was going to be anything other than male flowers

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    • Bill says:

      I just came in a little while ago from taking peas and to a neighbor. They are peaking right now (Southern peas, not English peas–those only grow in the spring here). Our squash are long gone. I harvested the first of our Asian greens today. Looking forward to that first stir fry of the new season.

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  11. Candace says:

    Congrats on attaining fall. We have a way to go yet here in AZ but the end is in sight…

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  12. margieclyde says:

    Your fall garden looks gorgeous!

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