The harsh summer temperatures and the lack of rain was hard on my garden. I couldn't keep up the watering needs of the garden so kinda gave up. The weather was too hot very early in the season for most of my tomato plants to set fruit. Even the okra suffered from the summer heat.
But about a month ago a wonderful thing happened, the temperatures started to drop and my garden started to revive... I have tomato plants that have started to set fruit (even the ones that NEVER set fruit in the spring/summer), my bell pepper plants are loaded with peppers, the green beans are growing, and the whole garden seems to have new life!!! It sure does my heart good.
Yesterday I gathered the harvest below
...green beans, tomatoes, okra, and
bell peppers (harvested because the branch holding them broke)
As some of you may remember,
I planted Christmas Beans in the spring.
I was rather disappointed in the small amount of beans
that they produced.
Here are the plants in May... Kinda pitiful...
Here is a side view
and if you look in the front of the bed,
you can see the Spanish peanuts that I planted
in front of the Christmas Beans.
Well, the Christmas Beans survived the heat
and here is what they looked like on Sept. 24th
after the temps started to cool to highs in the 80s...
FULL OF BLOOMS!
And I took this picture earlier this week on Oct 24th...
It is amazing to see the difference that one month has made!!!
I have hundreds of wonderful pods...
I can only imagine what is on the other side of the fence
in the neighbors yard!!
I hope they don't mind.
Do you think that the peanuts planted in the same bed
could have contributed to the great growth of these beans?
I am hoping to harvest lots of the Christmas Beans.
It seems my garden seems to do better in the fall.
Last year, I was harvesting cherry tomatoes on Thanksgiving Day!