It’s finally happening, we are getting a cool front through at the end of the weekend! They are saying it will be the coolest temperatures we have had since April. We got a “mini cool front” yesterday that brought our high temps down to the low 80s. But Sunday is supposed to rain all day and bring highs in the 60s!
Knowing this is coming, we did a little bit of prep work in the garden. We decided we aren’t going to try to do any fall gardening since we don’t
Justin pulled up the green onions we’ve had growing all summer, and we had four huge plants to harvest! I know we won’t use it all so saved a little bit fresh and froze the rest. When freezing vegetables like this, they lose their crunchy texture but are still useful for adding to soups and broths and similar dishes.
A lot of the mint plants were starting to bolt, so we cut that way back again. Last year, they didn’t grow much during the cold months, but still came back in the spring.
Surprisingly, one of the plants that did fare well through the winter last year was the pepper plants. Since they took a long time to grow, we are just now starting to get peppers growing. There are a few that are close to being ready to harvest.
The canna lilies have lost all of their flowers by now, and the plants are starting to turn brown a little bit. Justin did go in and cut back some of the cannas and banana tree leaves that weren’t green to help promote growth. They may survive this first cold front, but once it stays consistently in the 60s or lower, they’ll all start to die off again and we will have to cut them way back.
Our blackberry bush is still growing, but no signs of more berries at the moment. Blackberries tend to grow better in cooler climates, so this cool front may be good for it. The bushes have been out there for two years now, which is about how long they usually take to produce.
One of the plants I am more worried about losing is the aloe plant in the corner. They are warm-weather plants and it’s not planted in the ground. Last year, the aloe was in a pot so we were able to move it inside the nights we got frost and snow. If it doesn’t survive, we do still have a lot of aloe in the house in a planter in the bedroom.
Overall, I think the garden is almost ready for the winter. With how unpredictable the temperatures get here, we aren’t planning to do much out there in the next few months.