Since I began my mini-homesteading adventure a few years ago, August is always the month that makes me a little panicky. The moment when food preservation becomes priority number one - and when filling my car and kitchen with 40 pounds of produce (from the yard and the farmers' market) becomes a recurring habit. The garden is picking up production wise - just enough beans, squashes, and herbs to stock some away in the freezer. I even picked enough blackberries for a small batch of jam! That was my whole goal when planting those canes three years ago, and I'm so excited to have finally achieved it.
I found the first teensy watermelons and pumpkins on the vines last night! Still haven't figured out how to protect either of them from the neighborhood squirrels, though. My tomatoes aren't doing great - they don't seem to have blight, but there's definitely something slowing them down. I'm going to be awash in squash and zucchini in a week or so. The few red popcorn stalks I've got growing seem to be doing well - I've never grown any sort of corn before, so I have no idea what to expect. My arched trellis is finally covered in climbing things! Pickling cukes are creeping up one side, while the rest of the space is slowly filling in with scarlet runner beans and sweet potato vines.
Since the weather has been so good lately, I'm hoping to get my fall garden in after work tomorrow. I found rutabaga seeds at Earth Fare (along with a pint of Jeni's ice cream) and was so excited, that I bought them without thinking about the fact that I don't really have room for another root crop. I planted two hills of short season pickling cucumbers one afternoon this week and have bush bean and broccoli seeds to go in next.
I improvised a very pretty heirloom tomato tart earlier this week, so I'll be back tomorrow with the recipe.