Do you see those empty beds in the first photo? Yup, they have been completely harvested. One has actually been empty for a while, that was the garlic bed. The other one we have been slowly harvesting the beets from and getting them put up for the winter ahead. The last batch came out of the ground on the weekend along with the onions that were planted in there too.
The bed has been worked over, compost and manure added and will be seeded tomorrow with kale, Swiss chard, arugula, mesclun mix and beets. If all goes well we will have a lovely fall harvest.
We have been lucky this year in that the bugs have not been too bad, but after a few busy days away from the garden some of the squash and zucchini got hit with powdery mildew. We have been treating it naturally, but I think I can safely say most of the squash is gone. There are four plants that seem to have fought through so we are keeping a close eye on them and hoping we can get a few squashes from them. The zucchini was caught in time and didn't suffer too much damage. And truth be told we have harvested so much zucchini already this summer, I wouldn't have been too upset if it had been struck.
Other than that the garden is doing great. The strawberry plants are still giving us lovely juicy berries. We planted some alpine strawberries this year and they are super sweet, almost like a dehydrated strawberry. Different, but good. The tomatoes are slowly ripening and cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, kale and Swiss chard are on our dinner plates regularly. I have been patiently waiting for the potato greens to die back and couldn't wait any longer, I dug around on Sunday to take a look and harvested our first potatoes. We promptly ate them for dinner. This was our first year using the no dig method for growing potatoes and it seems to have worked very well. Definitely will do it again next year.
The herb garden is growing well and I have been harvesting herbs daily for both cooking and infusing. Comfrey, yarrow and lavender are being infused on my kitchen windowsill right now and calendula flowers are harvested as they bloom and drying. As soon as I have enough they too will be infused in oil and later made into healing salves.
It has been a great year in the garden, and I am feeling so very grateful for the food it is providing for us.
How are things around your garden?