|A big bounty of tomatoes this year|
I can't believe I am saying this, but I am ready for the end of summer and the start of cooler weather. It seems like it has been the longest and hottest summer ever, or at least that I have experienced since moving here. I am in the middle of closing down the garden for fall even though with our mild climate I could continue to winter right through the winter. I need a rest. If we have a warm spring, I could be back planting cold weather crops such as lettuce as soon as February or March.
|Even with the hot weather the watermelon growth was disappointing|
|Chili peppers picked before they turn red|
|Herbs in olive oil frozen into cubes|
|Tasty, but small sweet peppers|
|The squash were another early harvest item this year|
Another first, all my squash were picked at the start of August. I usually have a few to use in the winter, but this crop got used up before the summer end. Here is a squash that I baked with maple syrup and stuffed with kale, pecans and sausage.
So how was your summer garden this year compared to last? We would love to hear about your year in the comments.