Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Transition to Fall Continues

There's more changes in the garden to report on. I planted out a new set of Di Ciccio broccoli seedlings.

The St. George and Moonlight runner beans were thoroughly infested with aphids so I cut the vines down to the nubs and moved the trellis that they had been climbing upon over to the next bed. I'm starting a couple of varieties of spinach to go into this area. The cucumber trellis on the left will have to go also, but they get a reprieve until the spinach seedlings are ready to set out.

Here are new seedlings of Sugar Daddy snap peas that were started in paper pots and set out 2 days ago. This was where the Sugarsnax carrots had been growing. The birds are pecking at anything that looks young and tender so I took no chances and covered the seedlings with a combination of hardware cloth and row cover to keep them safe. By the time the plants are large enough to fill the cage they should be tough enough to be less tempting to the birds and I'll uncover them.

The Greek Gigante bean vines to the right of the peas are now loaded with drying pods.

And the Australian Butter and Emerite Filet beans on the trellis to the left of the peas have reached past the top of their support and are winding around each other in a futile attempt to find something to help them keep growing skyward. They are both blooming and setting beans, the first of the Emerite beans were ready to harvest yesterday - all 3 of them.

Across the way the Pico de Pajaro plants have finally started setting some peppers, they were the last of all the peppers to set. They are supposed to get to about 1 inch wide by 5 inches long - they have some growing to do. Some web sources say this is the same as Chile de Arbol, aka Tree Chile, aka Cola de Rata. Native Seeds, the source of my seeds, says this is a mild chile, other sources say that this pepper is supposed to be quite hot. So, I really don't know what to expect, but I hope that the Native Seeds strain is mild.

Did you see the amaranth patch in my garden tour post last week? Here it is a few days after I harvested a big bunch of leaves. I'll be showing off that harvest next Monday.

Yay, melons are setting! So, will they grow up and ripen? I don't know how long it takes for melons to mature, but we normally have warm weather through October, sometime our warmest weather is in October, so I'm hopeful.

The Black Futsu squash patch is growing and growing and growing...

And blooming like crazy.

There are loads of both male and female blossoms.

And the bees have found them.

The following photos aren't the best, but they will give you and idea of the fervent activity in the squash patch.


  1. Man, I love to see bees rollicking in squash blossoms. It's just perfect. Your broccoli seedlings are about 10x bigger than mine. . . I knew I should have planted them earlier. Look lovely.

  2. Those bees are really covered in pollen. My bees never get like that. Their pollen baskets fill up but the rest of them is not so covered. I hope that squash does better for you than it did for me. I just got a few squash when I grew it.

  3. Love to see bees covered with pollens. Do you get squash bugs on your Futsu?

  4. Great photos of the bees! I'll bet you can hear them as well as see them. Whenever I head down to the garden in the morning I usually hear the happy buzzing sound of bees in the squash blossom.


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