Believe it or not the garden seems to be taking a bit of a breather. Tomatoes are just beginning to ripen, the summer squash has slowed down, the first green beans are finished. My chard is very slow and small this year and the cukes are also far less robust than last years. I've used the time to start planting for the fall. I waited too long for some things, sadly, but I did get in two more carrot beds, some Asian greens and kale. It remains to be seen how they germinate. Hope to get fall lettuce in today, though I have to say I've never yet had any luck with it. And of course, spinach. I do tend to do better with the Fall spinach than with Spring sown.
Last August was far and away the most productive month of the season and I hope this year will be the same. Time will tell. Last summer was my most productive gardening since I started four summers ago and this year I am already over 100 pounds ahead of last year but I think the tomatoes that usually beef up my totals are going to be way down this year. I have a few nice winter squash and melons, but wonder if they will fully mature before the vines give up after being assaulted by squash beetles and borers. I've battled them, but I'm losing.
My third bed of green beans, sown where the Red Norland potatoes were harvested from are sprouting nicely and I hope will still have time to produce before the first frost.
I'm also using this mild slow-down to tackle some of the weeds that have been making the garden look so messy. It's too late for perfection, but at least things are looking a little neater down there!