Fall is in full swing, but the garden is still producing.
The black beans are beginning to fade, and I am anxiously awaiting their harvest so we can get them stored and the bed put up for the winter.
This bed did double duty this year. The beans were planted when the peas came out.
The pods are just now beginning to turn papery. If you pick them too soon, they aren't black yet. I've shelled about 2 quarts so far, which is more than my harvest last year already. I've probably picked less than 20% of the pods.
Bush beans and leaf lettuce will keep going until a killing freeze does them in. We began having frosty mornings in September, but have not had a killing frost yet.
How long does one wait for a cherry tomato? My cherry tomato plant died this year. I only got about half a dozen ripe tomatoes. But when I pulled out the onions in July, there were two tiny volunteers from last year's plant. I transplanted them and here they are on August 8th, about the size of May nursery transplants.
I had to wait until September for my cherry tomatoes. The anticipation makes them taste even better!
I had quite a few nice bell peppers. I made fresh Salsa once, but what I really want them for is my Black Bean Stoup. I chopped them up, froze them on a tray, and then transferred them to bags. I'll have colorful peppers to add to recipes all winter.
And here is what you call "too many apples" My mother took this photo one day while out driving around. Now that's an apple harvest not to be ignored. You have to find a use for those babies or mow around them! Whew! I'm glad that's not in my yard.