Summer is winding down and so is our garden. Our straw bale raised beds did well this year and we got lots of tomatoes, melon and cucumbers.
This funky looking tomato is a Zaptoec - it is a ribbed variety that tastes delicious. Our butterfly bush still has blooms on it and lots of butterflies hover over it on bright sunny days.
We also have Brandywine tomatoes, a dark one called Black from Tula along with a yellow variety called Moon Glow.
I caught this large praying mantis resting on one of our plants - kind of surreal looking isn't he?
Our melon is called Moon and Star - the leaves are dotted like the stars with larger spots here and there resembling the moon. I am waiting to see what the fruit looks like inside - it may have been too hot for them to grow very large but the vine is looking great. If we dont' get real cool nights soon, we may still grow them bigger.
And finally our Black Eyed Susans are bursting with color. We have put in two raised beds for lettuces and other cooler weather crops. We will keep you posted on what we harvest from those!