|Sunrise on Snively's Ridge|
First I'll entice you in with a shot across the valley this morning. The clouds are gathering with the promise of the first significant rain event of the season. Good news so long as it's not too much of a drencher which could cause significant erosion in the areas burnt by the Soberanes Fire.
And a couple of overview shots of the garden.
So, if you're not in the mood for a mostly downer post than you should stop reading right now. Just leave, I'll understand.
I've been struggling to get any blog posts done because I've just got too much going on right now. (Fortunately some of it is good - like a backpacking overnighter with friends). There are baskets of tomatoes and bags of peppers sitting around that I have to do something with. My dehydrator seems to be constantly running. I can't keep up with critter protection in the garden. My priority in the garden right now is to just deal with what's there and I just can't take the time to plant much of anything new that would require protection from the rats or the rabbit so I haven't sown any seeds or planted anything in weeks. It seems like every time I get something protected from the rats they just move on to a new tasty treat which means I have to waste more time figuring out a way to preserve the veggies under attack or yank them out and do something with them. I just want to get through the fall harvest season and then clear out the old stuff and take a break and reassess.
The curcurbit bed is winding down. All the cucumbers and squash other than the Tromba d'Albenga vines are dying.
The Romanesco zucchini is quickly succumbing to powdery mildew. There's a few blossoms left to open but I don't know if the vine has enough oomph left in it to support one to harvestable size.
|Tromba d'Albenga Squash Vines|
You can see the bush winter squash in the foreground and trellised squash beyond, both dying back as the squashes mature. The Kiwano Melons and Vine Peaches on the left never did do anything, two vine peaches set and no Kiwano Melons. The melon vines on the right are still somewhat healthy.
|Candystick Dessert Delicata|
|Crane and Alvaro Melons|
|Hestia Brussels Sprouts|
|Hestia Brussels Sprouts|
|Gustus Brussels Sprouts|
|Tronchuda Beira Cabbage and Russian Hunger Gap Kale|
|Jericho Romaine Lettuce|
|Manoa Crisphead Lettuce|
And I had to sow cilantro inside the tunnel (now with new and improved screens!) to get anything to harvest.
|Baby Aji Amarillo peppers|
|Turkish Pimento Peppers|
|Aji Amarillo Grande|
A few more remaining plants with ripening peppers are tucked in with more fabric and so far the rats haven't bothered them. But why go to the trouble when there's big beautiful tomatoes that are easy munching? The rats seem to be really lazy, they go for the easy targets first.
|L to R, Pomme d'Amour, Jaune Flamme, Reisetomate|
|Beefsteak type tomato plants|
|Cherry tomato plants|
|IPK P 852 (Italy)|
|Brinker Carrier Bean|
The rabbit discovered the few Rosso di Lucca bean plants. Oh well. I can buy more seeds.
That's the mess that is supposed to be the fall pea crop. I haven't removed the protective fabric because the instant I do the critters will start to munch and I haven't had time to deal with putting a larger protective cover over the plants so they are all mashed up.
|Hopi Chinmark Corn|
|Blue Speckled Tepary beans|
|Sweet Potato Pots|
So that's the latest and not so greatest from the garden. Now I have to get back out there and harvest some tomatoes and dried beans before it rains.
Yay for rain!