My garden is going through an ugly time.
Right now, only the most stalwart crops are surviving the heat.
This banana plant is a notable exception; it’s mocking its more homely neighbors.
As you can tell, in the shed bed not much is going on except for the basil. I plan to put some fall crops over here again this fall and winter. This garden gets more sunlight in the winter and my collards and kale did well over here last year.
I can make some pesto from the basil and freeze it. A little pesto adds a nice summery shot of flavor to winter sauces.
Despite the heat and lack of rainwater, I am still able to harvest okra, bell peppers, Southern peas, and some ground cherries. The sweet potato vines are running, and I should saute some of the greens. We really enjoyed them last year. Even if my sweet potato crop is poor this year, the greens would still make it worthwhile to grow.
This banana pepper plant really is my pride and joy at this time. I hate to pick the peck of peppers and pickle them; the plant looks fabulous!
I started my fall planting in August. My green beans are doing well and I have 2 zucchini plants.
Here’s my plan for September:
1. Start collards and kale in flats. In this heat, the seeds will germinate rapidly and get off to a good start.
2. Clear old plants from shed bed.
3. Find a yummy recipe for those banana peppers.
4. Pickle some of the okra. I’ve never had pickled okra-I hope I like it!
5. Transplant some of the tomato plants that I propagated from my spring planting.
The list is pretty easy for this month. I love gardening in Florida, there is always something new that you can grow!
Any ideas for the banana peppers? I’m thinking of stuffing them with cream cheese, cheddar, bacon, and sauteed onions and then baking them. Does that sound good?
How is your garden this month?