Rudbeckia Triloba or as I know them, Brown-eyed Susan
Our next Weed'em & Reap meeting is this coming Friday, August 16th starting at 7:00 P.M. at the UT Ag Extension Service office, 2119 Midland Road in Shelbyville.
I chose the Brown-eyed Susans because it is something that seems to be everywhere at this time of year AND because of the surreal appearance of the leaves.
They were in the shade, while the flowers were still receiving sunlight from a setting sun. I regret that I did not notice it until it was on the computer screen. I would have liked to have taken credit for knowing it beforehand.
My garden is winding down and with this heat I have been slow to get it ready for fall. I've been pulling plants but I need to cut down the wildflowers and harvest some seeds for next year. I know they will do it themselves but they need to spread out a little more.
Then there is the fall planting of veggies. I have some volunteer bitter melon starting to produce, but my main focus will be edamame and green leaf veggies. Maybe some broccoli and cabbages.
I may selectively pull the tomatoes and others cut back a little to see if they will give us a nice fall crop before winter. I just had a super big one for lunch and it encouraged me to keep some going.
My mother-in-law noticed that the "volunteer" bitter melon has a thicker wall and maybe a bit more bitterness. than the ones we are growing from packaged seed. Of course, she is saving seeds.
I've had some luck with pickling this year, so I may try making some hot pepper vinegar and maybe even some pickle, just to see what they are like. Oh yes, I forgot to mention the hot peppers are doing well too.
My eggplants were a flop. mainly because of flea beetles. Maybe they are not as active in the fall so I may start some EP in the greenhouse and transplant a month from now. Again, an experiment.