The backyard garden is still producing this fall.
We found a long lost Trombetta Squash hanging deep in the indeterminate tomato jungle. It wasn't very tender anymore, but sure made a lot of shredded veggie for the freezer!
The heirloom tomatoes are finally producing some nice sized fruits.
Here is a rather large meaty one in little 3 year old hands and another picture of my hand full of garden-fresh deliciousness.
The sweet potato vines are making a nice thick carpet despite the grasshopper and beetle munched holes in the leaves. I'm hoping for a large harvest just before the first frost.
The okra also grows furious these last hot summerish days. The grasshoppers have put a severe dent in the beauty of the stalks, but they are still making plenty for us to eat several times a week and even dill some for winter munching. Caramelized-blackened sauteed okra is a family favorite dinner dish.
We have three varieties of pumpkins fattening on the vines: pretty peach colored ones, green fairy-tale mammoths, and small dark winter squash.
The cantaloupe harvest is winding down, but there are several watermelons still sweetening.
A collage of one late September morning's pickings.Big tomatoes, little tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, sweet bananas, spaghetti squash, scalloped squash, green beans, okra, watermelon, cantaloupe, and a lone cucumber.
After weighing and washing the vegetables,
I used my new gifted colander to drain them in.
Jars of preserved Hot Pepper Jelly and Zucchini (yellow squash) Relish.
Produce harvested in September : 195 pounds
(including 51 pounds of watermelon, 40 pounds of tomatoes, and 26 pounds of cantaloupe)
Produce harvested in September 2014: 113 pounds