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  1. #1171
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    The summer crops here are just about over other than the sweet potatoes that need digging up, the few peppers and eggplant that are still producing, and the last of the cantaloupes and watermelons ripening up. The tomato plants were hit hard with late blight disease thanks to a very wet stretch after a TS hit 3 weeks ago, even the late tomato plants were just but a few may survive to produce some late Sept fruits. The watermelons got off to a slow start but did get a pop from recent rains. Also the pears are nearing their picking time and the figs are doing well too. The persimmon tree must need a break after 3 years of being overloaded with fruit as there are only about a dozen persimmons present this year. Just 2 pomegranates are on the tree/bush but that's better than nothing.

    The fall crops are mostly planted now, broccoli and cabbage transplants are ok but do need a bit of shade on the hot days (like today 95F with heat index at 107). The carrot, beet, collards, turnip, and spinach seed are popping up now. More late turnips seed will be planted soon as well as more spinach in Nov for an early Spring harvest. The early season zinnias and cosmos have re-seeded and should produce some nice autumn colors soon. Will be happy to put the lawn mower in storage after 4-6 more cuts.

  2. #1172
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    So far so good on the autumn gardening. The cabbages are plumping up, the broccoli shows signs of tiny heads developing, the carrots, spinach, collards, and turnips are doing well and should be picable in about 2 weeks.
    The pears have all been picked now, mostly stored in the extra fridge (~ 60). The persimmons are turning orange and the 2 pomegranates are turning red. The last of the sweet potatoes will be dug up over the next week or so.

    Here's a quick snapshot of the back garden...
    From left to right...Sweet Potatoes, turnips, cabbages, carrots, spinach, broccoli, and collards.
    Click image for larger version. 

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    The old scarecrow is standing in what's left of the watermelon patch.

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