As the season winds down, I think about what a strange weather year we had in the Sierra Foothills. It was like a roller-coaster ride for the poor plants and we’re so happy we had the foresight to repot our baby seedlings when we first got them.
We went from 3” pots to 3 gallon size and from 6 pack cells to 4”. This was our jungle by the first of May and we didn’t plant till the first week of June. Our little shelter was just one sheet of Greenhouse Poly Film and, at night, we used Heat Cables in trays under the plants.
We did end up with a few aphids but the greatest thing happened when we started hardening them off. When we set them on the grass outside the shelter, a great mass of Ladybugs showed up and the aphids were gone in 2 days.
After planting, we didn’t expect much to happen right away. After all, we’d been pinching the blossoms off while they were in the shelter. To our surprise, this is our first summer squash harvest….
Needless to say, we shared, and even though gigantic, they were still tender!
Now it’s time to think about cover crops and what to do with all the tomatoes. Our tomato sauce is going to look beautiful in our new Weck Canning Jars. We also make the best dehydrated tomatoes in our Excalibur. After they’re dried, they’ll store in the freezer all winter & spring. As the days get shorter and cooler, we’ll be ready to plant our cool season veggies and garlic.
For now, we’ll just sit under the big Butternut tree that overlooks our garden and be grateful for the bountiful harvest.