Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saying Goodbye

 It's still plenty warm here in Los Angeles - our days still reach easily into the 90s.  But autumn is definitely upon us; the days are shorter and the nights are cooler.  My garden is certainly feeling the changes; not but three months from when I first planted it, it's past its prime.

The leaves of the pumpkins have developed powdery mildew.  They've also started to brown, as have the tomatoes.  The beans have become more woody.  Nearly all of the pumpkins are ripe.  The corn is, I believe, as close to ready as it's going to be.

We harvested the rest of the goodies yesterday - whatever tomatoes were ripe were gobbled up as we picked them.  We also picked the first of our pumpkins, as well as some berries, which seem to have taken a shine to our slightly more temperate late-season weather.

The rest of the pumpkins will be allowed to finish ripening for the next week or two, as will the melons and corn.  But after that, they'll meet the same fate as the rest of the garden, which now resides in my compost bin.  It's hard to say goodbye, but these plants are past their prime and it's time I'm already late in putting down my fall seeds.