It was a hot summer and now it’s a warmer than usual fall, with rainfall averaging out from too much and not enough. If indeed we don’t get a freeze until Halloween, it’ll be a long growing season. I’ve got a number of crops producing now, some summer plants and more from my fall planting, which is turning out to be pretty successful.
Bell peppers [and my single jalapeno] are going strong without the risk of sunscald and fewer pests. They usually produce until the freeze.
Bush beans - yellows are finishing up their last flush. I’ll pull them soon. Greens are starting a 2nd flush, but I don’t know how much I’ll get from them after bean beetles devastated them during the summer.
Butternut squash - I pulled the main crop of these a couple of weeks ago, but there are still almost a dozen remaining on the ground, where I’ll leave them until freeze. The vines are remarkably healthy for this season, pretty much mildew-free, and I see new growth popping up.
Gourds - these are powdery mildew magnets and the vines are nearly dead, but a few late fruits still clinging. I should pick them soon and pull the vines.
Spinach really perked up and took off when it finally started to cool. I should be picking for the foreseeable future.
Lettuce - too much heat for the main planting of this in August and I didn’t make much of a second. Some leaf lettuce remaining. It’s kind of leggy but surprisingly unbitter.
Peas looked really promising after they came up, but the shelling peas runted out and production was scant. Snap peas, otoh, are vigorously burgeoning and setting great crops. These are separated by only one row, which is hard to explain the difference in vigor.
Brassicas had a hard time after I set them out, with heat and pests all over them. Netting has helped. Now I have broccoli setting heads and cauliflower looking like they’re about ready to. 2nd planting of broccoli may or may not have time to produce - I’m betting not. Bok Choi is mature and more than ready to cut. Cabbages may or may not produce usable heads by the end of the season, but the leaves should be good.
What’s everyone else growing, and how is it doing for you?