Garden Update: Transitioning into Fall…

By Kiersten | Last Updated: December 24, 2011

Petit Gris de Rennes Melon in sling

I guess I was a little premature in my bragging the last time I posted about my garden. Because suddenly, everything went downhill. We got 4 more beans after the first 3, bringing us to a grand total of 7 for 9 plants. The zucchinis kept growing to a certain point and then molding and rotting on the plant. And after getting 3-4 cucumbers, all the baby ones on the vine stopped growing. I left them for a few weeks, but nothing. And then the cucumber plant got powdery mildew.

I could have put more effort into saving everything, but since it’s mid-August anyway, I decided to throw in the towel and take out all the ailing plants. I harvested the rest of the lettuce and kale too. So here’s what’s going on now:

Petit Gris de Rennes Melon in sling
Petit Gris de Rennes melon. This is the only one that’s gotten big without turning yellow and falling off. I have it in a sling made from a t-shirt to help support the weight. If something happens to it before it ripens, I will weep bitter tears. Bitter! Tears!

Bambino Eggplant
I forgot the name of this eggplant, but it produces small eggplant balls. I sliced some in half and roasted them in the oven with sea salt and they were delicious! Also adorable!

Bell Pepper with Insect Damage
I had four bell peppers growing, but I pulled this one off because something was eating it. Sigh.

Japanese Black Trifele Tomatoes
I am finally getting some tomatoes! I have this in a planter and it’s so top-heavy that it keeps falling over in even the slightest breeze–I brought it in the porch and set it in the sun, so I’m hoping everything will still ripen.

Heirloom Carrots with Stunted Growth
Sad little carrots. My husband ate them and said they were delicious, but I have a feeling he was just trying to make me feel better about it.

Fall Square Foot Garden
Broccoli, cauliflower, chard, and melon in the raised bed and marigolds and Hungarian Black Peppers in planters on the side of the garden.

Leek Sprouting from Seed
A leek sprouting–one of the many seeds I’m starting for the fall in the porch.

Can you believe that August is more than halfway over? Are you still getting summer veggies from your garden or has it started slowing down?

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Cubit’s Giveaway, which ends tonight!

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What a bummer that it's been a tough year in the garden. I wish the little snackers would just eat the ones that fall on the ground and are rotten.

Poor garden 🙁

We're in an apartment, and our porch has a lovely view of the woods behind us, but it doesn't get enough sun to grow even the smallest of gardens. I have big plans for our new house, though!

Crossing my fingers for your melon!

Your injured garden is so cute! I am particularly fond of the melon in the sling and you carrots.

My garden is actually doing OK. Tomatoes are just starting to come on and miraculously I got two non-shriveled cucumbers. Woo-hoo!

That's 6 more beans than I got! My zucchini never got past the flowers, and I got exactly 4 cucumbers. I think our plants are against us! Your eggplants are just adorable though!

I had the same experience. Everything was growing well, I started telling people about it and the bugs and fungus must have heard, so they attacked. Thank you for your post. I'm not alone! We'll learn from this year and keep trying next year.

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