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August Garden Update

Yesterday’s post focused on the food that is available growing wild at this time of year.  Today, I’m going to take a look at what the garden has to offer as August draws to a close.

Pollock tomatoes ripening

Pollock tomatoes ripening

I have complained just as much as everyone else about the lack of sun and heat this summer.  This should have been a particularly bad year for tomatoes because they depend on these too variables and there are stories that farmers in New England have had their crops attacked by blight that flourishes in wet weather.  Last year the tomato plants went into the garden on 31st of May and the first ripe tomatoes were ready around the 26th of August.  This year I transplanted them a week earlier and we were eating ripe tomatoes by the 22nd.  Canabec Rose and Pollock varieties have both been good about being the first to ripen.

A large green zucchini hides beneath its leaves

A large green zucchini hides beneath its leaves

Unlike their yellow cousins the green zuchinni can avoid detection amongst the natural camouflage of their leaves.

Monster zucchini preparing to meet its fate in the kitchen

Monster zucchini preparing to meet its fate in the kitchen

In one case, the camouflage and the rainy days alternating with sun conspired to produce an absulutely massive zuchinni.  I halved this fifteen inch squash, stuffed it and baked it in the oven.

A bunch of beets still with garden dirt clinging to their roots

A bunch of beets still with garden dirt clinging to their roots

The beets were popular enough that I’m not sure if there will be any left to pickle as I had planned.

Seven foot tall dill

Seven foot tall dill

The dill that grew from the natural seed produced a few years ago is still going strong.

Magic eight ball sized eggplants that grew quite well in black plastic planters

Magic eight ball sized eggplants that grew quite well in black plastic planters

I am surprised at how well these sicilian eggplants did considering the cooler weather.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes (though not an heirloom variety) make a great snack while in the garden weeding or havesting.

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