Summer is at its peak though it has been surprisingly cool. The last of the corn, beans, peppers and tomatoes have been planted for a late summer harvest.
The summer harvest has been bountiful (See Facts & Stats). Right now, there are a lot of peaches to pick and bake with. The peppers have been producing wonderfully this year, which is a pleasant surprise! The tomatoes have slowed down a bit, but it looks like there will be a good second crop. The berries have also slowed, but we are harvesting quite a few and they are used to make a delicious mixed berry pie. We have been blessed with extra, including beans, basil, cucumbers that we are able to sell to local restaurants and caterers in town.
Shopping at the store is now only once every two weeks. At the local health food store we are able to buy in bulk and that helps us save trips to the store and allows us time for other things.
Now we are starting our fall garden. Already planted are lettuces, broccoli, peas and more. The winter squash and pumpkins are growing well; however, with the cool weather, there has been a problem with mildew. We will have to start spraying again with a baking-soda or milk mixture to control it.
There is always more to learn and each new season gives us another opportunity to grow.