While I was enjoying the view I snapped a couple of overview shots of the garden.
This view gives a good perspective of how tall the Puhwem corn is.
The beans on the right top out at 7 feet (2.1 meters) and the tip of the tassels next to the beans reach 11 feet (3.4 meters) and a number of the stalks are even taller.
|Tronchuda Beira Cabbage/Kale|
|Russian Hunger Gap Kale|
|Dazzling Blue Kale|
|Medieval Syrian, Golden, and Peppermint Stick Chard|
|Pink Plume Celery|
I haven't figured out which melon variety this is, but a few plants have set some fruit. It's still questionable if they will mature enough and resist the advances of the rodents to produce anything edible. I've set the melon atop an overturned cottage cheese tub to keep the sowbugs and millipedes from eating it from the bottom up.
|Blue Speckled Tepary Beans|
|Discus Buttercup Squash|
The update gets progressively more depressing from here on out.
|Hestia Brussels Sprouts|
|Gustus Brussels Sprouts|
|Hopi Chinmark corn|
The rodents seem to have developed a fondness for corn silk. I hope this ear got pollinated before the critters started to munch. And there's aphids in there too, but they don't seem to be doing much damage, they're just creating a sticky mess. I noticed that another plant that hosted a pretty large community of aphids a while back got cleaned up by something so it's probably just a matter of time before the good bugs find their next feast here.
Here comes the really nasty bits. This is what I didn't have the heart to show last week.
Most of the pepper plants have been entirely or or are in the process of being defoliated by powdery mildew.
|Shepherd's Ramshorn Peppers|
And one last bad/good bit to report. A number of the tomato plants are also looking awful, the leaves are dying faster than I can pull them, but at least the fruits are holding in there for now.
So there is actually one good thing that might come from the early demise of the pepper and tomato plants. I'll get to experiment with an earlier planting of fava beans.
That's the latest. I'm hanging in there, trying to find the good things in and around my blighted garden. Not all the critters hanging about are pests. There's a huge covey of California Quail that seems to be mostly babies that are living on the hillside. They are so fun to watch and listen to. The Western Fence Lizard population is booming. I see them everywhere and there's bunches of babies skittering around as well. My favorite lizard, the California Whiptails have returned and they too are hatching babies. A pair of Mourning Doves nested somewhere nearby and the other day I got to watch a pair of awkward youngsters that I think may have recently fledged. So there's still plenty to enjoy around the garden and that's what I'm trying to focus on these days.
I hope you are finding good things in and around your garden too. Happy Autumn!