End of the Season
The growing season in Florida is from October through the end of June. That is enough time for planting some things twice and is plenty of time for the tomatoes, okra and poblanos to provide a substantial amount of produce.
However, when it hits 90 + degrees and the sun is unrelenting, everything that is left in the garden begins to dry up and ceases to produce. My garden has gone from being …
Green and Bushy
To Spindly Stems and Sparse Leaves
The green beans, shallots, zucchini and yellow squash already have been pulled up. We still have poblanos, a few bell peppers and the herbs. The vines have lots of green tomatoes, but nothing like a month ago. It’s time to pull up the okra, and the baby carrots are just now getting to be the right size for picking.
Earlier in the season, I had so many tomatoes I was giving them away. I would have okra several times a week. There were so many poblanos, we were putting them on the grill to char them, so we could peel and freeze them for later. The poblanos are still producing, but everything else is slowing down.
Over three days, the pepper and tomato harvest was barely enough for a salad, and there was barely enough okra for supper… for one, if you eat as much of it as I do.
In another week or so, it will be time to pull up whatever is left, cover the boxes with clear plastic and let them bake until October to sanitize the soil.