Wordless Wednesday: The Waning Garden

August is a time of abandonment. We want to leave town, and our garden can look less than stellar as punishing heat dries up the soil. At least that’s the case here in Los Angeles. Late planting (in late June/early July) brings some life to the garden as hot weather crops take off. The harvest is bountiful, and it is a time to watch nature’s circle of life round the corner.

A bounty of tomatoes including Michael Pollen (green pear), Roman Candle (yellow roma), Sunrise Bumble Bee (striped cherry), and Green Cherokee (green beefsteak).

Parts of the garden are waning. Winnetka Purple Artichoke is ready to check for seeds. We use a dinner fork to dig them out.

Armenian cucumbers reach to top of their trellis finally (after replanting twice). Success!

Tess’s Landrace tomato – a gift from a woman named Tess at the Heirloom Expo. Tiny currant tomatoes are delicious and prolific. First to produce, even though the plant looks sad all the time.

Rugoso di Cosenza melons grow well in coastal climates. They have never failed us.

More waning. Beefy Resilient Grex Dry Bean is drying to storage. It ain’t pretty but that’s how you get dry beans. Let them dry on the plant, then collect regularly.

A second round of corn sprouts between flowering pumpkin plants. Planted in early June to get us through the long summer.

Watermelons (Moon & Stars) interplanted with summer buckwheat. We’ll cut down the buckwheat now that the watermelons are sprawling.

Our one sunflower is about to open. We planted 6 PACKETS of sunflower seeds and got one. We’re not bitter.

Flowers indicate that it’s time to harvest sweet potatoes.

Goji berries begin to flower. They can be grown in containers with room to spread. It’s either a Sweet Lifeberry or Big Lifeberry from Proven Winners.

 

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