Here in Charlotte, NC, our temps have cooled a bit - enough that we turned off the a/c and opened the windows. 80's during the day, and 70's at night.
This is our 5th season here and the ground has built up from hard red clay, to wonderful black soil full of earthworms and other creatures.
Tomatoes are done for this year, so are the bush and pole beans. Sweet peppers are starting to produce now that we've had some rain, and the melons are setting more fruit. The vines are being attacked by little green caterpillars boring into the stems. I've not had this before. I'm hand destroying (squishing) what I can find, to prevent the caterpillars turning into moth/butterflies.
Looks like we'll have another bumper crop of sweet potatoes early in October, the "Vardeman" vines have a beautiful purple/green color and have spread all over the area where I planted them.
I ordered two bunches of "Candy" onions from Dixondale and this year only one died. Although I've shared with the neighbors, I'm having to freeze a lot of them as they will not store long. This is the first time I've frozen onions. I had to borrow a vegetable chopper from my daughter.
Our fig tree is laden with fruit. I hope they ripen before frost arrives. I don't remember the name of the fig we planted, but it's the same one that's in Fig Newtons.
The persimmon tree has it's first fruits this year. I'm so excited - I love persimmons, and they are so expensive in the store.
Between our two pear trees there were three pears. Don't know what happened to them they just disappeared! I assume the ever present pesky squirrels took them
Blueberry bushes had fruit this year, too, but the birds ate them. Hubby covered the bushes with bird netting, but it entangled a beautiful Eastern King Snake, to I pulled it off. It took some effort, but I carefully cut off the netting and freed the snake. It crawled under our lean-to, so hopefully it will live.
Our spring crop of beets, peas and broccoli all did well. There should be enough in the freezer to last the best part of winter. I'm hoping to get more broccoli set in September.
The asparagus has dropped seeds all over the place. It's amusing to see fronds of aspargus growing throughout the sweet potato patch.
I didn't grow as many edamame soybeans this year as there were plenty left in the freezer. I experimented with sowing them here and there around the garden, and they did well, especially where I had transplanted sweet peppers.
Hubby and I are tackling running bamboo! It has invaded one corner of our lot from the woods beyond. What a chore! If you've ever been tempted to plant running bamboo - you will regret it!
Our lot is is bigger than I thought. The edge along the front yard is 75 feet, the sides from the street to the back fence are 140 feet. The back fence itself is 165 feet long. Allowing 1400 sq. ft. for the house, we have a beautiful area for our garden. Once we get the bamboo out of the way, we'll have room for more raised beds.